Jackson’s journey from Carolina orphan to President of the United States involved many twists and turns. Wars, business, wealth, debt, marriage, family, arguments, friends, politics… come explore the journey and get a better perspective on the people and events that shaped our nation’s 7th president.
Included with Admission
Deadly Consequences: The Dickinson Duel
People are fascinated with the fabled duel between Andrew Jackson and Charles Dickinson, but no one thinks about the aftermath. Listen to the widow Jane Dickinson speak about the duel that killed her husband and how women lived with the consequences.
Tea with Rachel Jackson
Find Rachel Jackson taking refreshment by her home, First Hermitage, as she shares stories about life on the early frontier, life in the national spotlight and her marriage with Andrew.
A Military Life
Learn about Jackson’s military campaigns from the men under his command. From The War of 1812 to the Second Seminole War, living historians will share experiences of life with the General and the impact they would have on his Presidency and the nation.
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.
Forging Ahead: The Blacksmith Trade
Stop by First Hermitage to watch Bill Maddox of Mansker’s Station, said to be the longest standing brick structure in Middle Tennessee, work a forge and share stories of blacksmiths such as Aaron, who lived more than 70 years enslaved at The Hermitage.
Music on the Porch
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 Jackson would have known.
Election Stump Speeches
Step up on the Stump! American political elections have always involved sharing news and debating the issues in the public square. Guest are invited to learn some public speaking tips and have a civil debate with your fellow citizens.
Make Your Own Campaign Poster
Learn how to hand stamp and design your own campaign poster, for Jackson or your favorite candidate!
Slavery at The Hermitage
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 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.
Jackson The General: A Gallery Tour
Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m., 2 p.m.
Jackson’s life before the Presidency included decades of military conflicts and various crises of leadership. Stop by the Visitor Center for a special exhibit tour exploring the various ways military life and war impacted Jackson and his views on the nation.