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Summertime – The People’s Pastime

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Saturday, June 10

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

$10 – $15

The Hermitage
4580 Rachel's Lane
Nashville, TN 37076



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“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” – Charles Bowden

Saturday, June 10, 2023

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ticketed events: $10 Hermitage members; $15 non-members

Join Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage for Summertime – The People’s Pastime, an event celebrating the fun of summertimes past. Kids of all ages can take in nostalgic fun from years gone by—the sorts of things your grandparents and great-grandparents may have enjoyed. From face painting and an old-time string band to kite-making (and flying!) and access to the Nashville Children’s Entrepreneur Market, this day of old-fashioned revelry is one event you and your family won’t want to miss!


FREE admission to the following activities:


Ticketed admission to the following activities:

  • Kite-Making and Flying
  • Facepainting
  • Old Time String Band
  • Sack Races
  • Lawn Games
  • And start your garden with Historic Garden Manager Kimberly Cooper


Food trucks will be available. Present your ticket at the Ticket Office for a discounted Grounds Pass and enjoy the 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark that day.


About the Children’s Entrepreneur Market

Whether it’s a lemonade stand or a lawn mowing service, children love participating in commerce! The Children’s Entrepreneur Market encourages kids to flex their entrepreneurial muscles by providing a safe environment where budding business owners can practice selling within a marketplace run entirely by kids. Children ages 5-16 years old can participate and gain real-world experience in creating goods, packaging them for sale, attracting customers and handling money!


About “Play Ball!” The Early American Way

What team sports did Americans play during Andrew Jackson’s lifetime, a time when there was no football, basketball or even baseball as we know it?  One of the sports they enjoyed was the venerable old English game of cricket, which had been brought to the United States by British immigrants during the colonial era and continued to be played by Americans themselves well into the 19th century.


Visitors to this year’s Summertime – The People’s Pastime will have an opportunity to personally experience this long-forgotten sporting legacy by joining in the short, informal, early American cricket games that American cricket player and historian Tom Melville will be conducting during the day.

Games will be run on a continuous, walk-up basis and are open to all. Absolutely no experience required!  Come and discover what “play ball” meant to Americans during Jackson’s time!