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Life in Jackson’s Tennessee

July 21

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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The Hermitage
4580 Rachel's Lane
Nashville, TN 37076



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Explore the complex world and people of Jacksonian era Tennessee, from its early days as a frontier state to a bustling and developing antebellum commercial center.

Included with Admission

Meet Davy Crockett

Sit down and chat with famous Tennessean Davy Crockett, who can share many a tale about his adventures in politics, fighting with Jackson, and choosing sides in the debate on Indian Removal.

Tea with Rachel Jackson

Find Rachel Jackson taking refreshment by her home, First Hermitage, as she shares stories about life on the early frontier, founding Nashville, and the social roles and rules of free women in Tennessee.

Forging Ahead: The Blacksmith Trade

Stop by First Hermitage to watch Bill Maddox of Mansker’s Station work a forge and share stories of blacksmiths such as Aaron, who lived over 70 years enslaved at The Hermitage.

The Cotton Industry (Saturday Only)

Cotton had a major impact on Middle Tennessee’s economy and people. Stop by the cotton field for a conversation with our Historic Gardens Manager about crop production and methods.

Music on the Frontier

Sit on the back porch of the Mansion and enjoy some original 19th-century music! Expert musicians are happy to chat about the songs and instruments that started to shape Nashville into “Music City.”

Interactive General Store

Stop by Jackson’s General Store at the Education Center and experience shopping in frontier Nashville.

Games & Crafts

Outside the General Store, visitors can enjoy a game of cards, participate in a sack race, or roll a hoop-and-stick down the pathway.


Walking Tours:

Slavery at The Hermitage Tours

Saturday 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Sunday 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Join a walking tour of the enslaved community at The Hermitage. Staff will lead the tour to several key locations on the grounds, sharing stories of the individual lives, struggles, and achievements that took place here. Tour is approximately 45 minutes, beginning from the Triplex site, and offered rain or shine.

Stories from the Soil: Archaeology Walking Tour

SUNDAY ONLY, 11 a.m.

Archaeologist Larry McKee will lead a special “Stories from the Soil” walking tour and share what has been uncovered at the Hermitage dig sites over the years, including insights into the enslaved families who once lived here. Tour will last approximately 1 hour and begin from behind the Mansion.