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August 2017

Horse-Racing & Slavery

August 6 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! Horse-racing was a critical part of building the fortunes and homes of many white male landowners in Tennessee, Jackson included.  However, much of the care, training, and racing of the horses was done by enslaved and free men of color. Explore the stories of The Hermitage’s horse trainers and jockeys who managed Jackson’s racing stables and helped build the plantation you see today. You’ll also get to meet some of the real carriage horses of today’s Hermitage,…

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Life in Jackson’s Tennessee

August 13 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! Experience life in Jackson’s Tennessee, from its early days as a frontier state to a bustling and developing commercial center. Guests will get a chance to explore trades and skills, from woodworking to sheep and livestock breeding to opening a business.  Stop by the Clover Bottom General Store to learn about the frontier economy, play a card game and hear about gambling and horse-racing in Nashville, and step into an open-hearth kitchen for the smells and samples…

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Jackson & Indian Removal

August 20 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! The removal of Native Americans from the East to the West is one of the darkest chapters in United States history. State Park Ranger David Britton of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will host discussion of the Indian Removal Act, its historical context, and the process and consequences of implementation. Talks will begin at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00.

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Solar Eclipse Tailgate

August 21 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Don’t miss out on the largest solar eclipse event ever to hit Nashville! To commemorate this historic event, we are hosting a FREE Solar Eclipse Tailgate on the grounds of The Hermitage. Guests are invited to park in the fields in front of The Hermitage’s entrance gate, which will be prime viewing spots for this celestial event. The first 2,000 guests will get a FREE pair of Solar Eclipse Glasses, courtesy of Deloitte.  In addition to your viewing spot, a…

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To Avenge Fort Mims: Tennessee and the Creek War

August 27 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! Join us as we explore the events that transformed a small internal war within the Creek Nation into one that altered the course of history, and set Andrew Jackson on a path to national importance and the presidency. A costumed interpreter will discuss the clothing, equipment, and weapons of the Tennesseans and relate the story and repercussions of Jackson’s victory at Horseshoe Bend.

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$20 - $30

Pinot with the President: Architecture Walking Tour

August 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  Join us as we wrap up our summer series “Pinot with the President” with an evening walking tour of The Hermitage. Guests will be welcome to wander the grounds after-hours enjoying wine and light hors d’oeurves while exploring the Mansion, buildings, gardens, and archaeological sites preserved here. Expert staff will be sharing stories of the people who lived and worked here, as well as highlighting the architecture and ongoing preservation efforts.  Finish the evening by enjoying a beautiful sunset…

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September 2017

Leading Ladies of The Hermitage

September 3 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! The Jackson men may have owned The Hermitage, but the Jackson women certainly managed much of the plantation and kept the ship afloat!  Sit under the shade with Rachel Donelson Jackson as she offers tales of her adventurous life and marriage to Andrew Jackson.  Her niece Emily Donelson, the President’s official White House hostess, and her daughter-in-law Sarah Jackson, who lived 56 years as mistress of The Hermitage, will also be there to share their own stories…

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Middle Tennessee Highland Games

September 9 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Highland Games and Celtic Festival returns to the grounds of the historical Hermitage Mansion on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a fun-filled day of music, dancing, exhibitions, games, competitions, food trucks, and specialty vendors! New Additions to the Festival 3 entertainment stages, 2 large beer, and food tents, plenty of new specialty vendors, expanded Kids Zone and expanded Men and Women’s Athletics! Middle Tennessee Highland Games is a not-for-profit organization created in…

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Gone to Texas

September 10 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! From the 1820s to 1830s, thousands of Southerners immigrated to the Mexican territory of Texas. Tennesseans, in particular, would play a significant role in winning Texan Independence, including Jackson's close friend, Sam Houston. Learn about the experiences of these men from The Volunteer State who ventured west to fight for Texas independence.

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The Plantation Business

September 17 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! Plantations such as The Hermitage were not just homes – they were businesses. Operating The Hermitage as a cotton plantation required significant management skills of not only the master, but the mistress, and depended on the slavery system to turn a large profit. Stop by and learn about the operations of The Hermitage with Sarah Jackson, the President’s daughter-in-law who came to live and manage much of the plantation for 56 years. Guests will also get to…

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