Celebrate Halloween at The Hermitage During October

Celebrate Halloween at The Hermitage During October

By MP&F Staff

October Hermitage Locals and fall visitors wanting to be spooked this October have multiple opportunities to do so this month at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Throughout the month, the presidential home will host evening ghost tours, and on Oct. 22, The Hermitage will host its 16th annual Hauntings at The Hermitage.

Ghost Tours

Offered exclusively during the month of October, ghost tours at The Hermitage are the perfect option for those who aren’t afraid of a good ghost story. Led by an experienced guide, this 90-minute tour of the mansion and Jackson’s tomb provides guests with a uniquely spooky look at the home of the seventh president. Ghost tours are scheduled on Fridays in October and on Oct. 28–31. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased online at www.thehermitage.com. Private ghost tours are available for groups of 15 or more.

Ghost tours will be offered on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, Oct. 14: 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 21: 7 and 9 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 28: 7 and 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 29: 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 30: 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 31: 7 p.m.

Hauntings at The Hermitage

On Saturday, Oct. 22, The Hermitage will host its 16th annual Hauntings at The Hermitage. This evening event features a variety of fun and family-friendly activities for ghouls and goblins of all ages.

“Hauntings is one of The Hermitage’s oldest events and one of our favorite community traditions,” said Howard Kittell, president and CEO of The Hermitage. “The Hermitage is a much different experience after sundown. The historic mansion and grounds are the perfect setting for families to enjoy the thrills of Halloween.”

Activities from 4 to 7 p.m. are suitable for children of all ages, while activities between 7 and 10 p.m. are geared toward ages 13 and older.

Activities include:

  • Evening Tour of the Historic Mansion
  • Haunted Hayride
  • Trick-or-Treating Stations
  • Spooky Storytellers
  • Movies on the Lawn – visitors are welcome to bring chairs and blankets
  • Potion-making
  • AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate presents “The History of Chocolate”
  • Fortunetelling
  • Kids’ Cabin Crafts and Games
  • Ghosts in the Jackson Family Cemetery
  • Phrenology
  • Vacant Chair Photography

Tickets can be purchased online and are $7 for children ages 4 to 12 and $13 for adults. The event will take place rain or shine. Visit www.thehermitage.com for more information.

About Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President is one of the largest and most visited presidential homes in the United States. Opened as a museum in 1889, it is one of the nation’s oldest presidential sites, drawing more than 192,000 visitors each year. Located 12 miles northeast of downtown Nashville, The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with 27 restored  buildings, 12 dating to Jackson’s ownership, including his 1836 mansion and tomb, slave cabins, garden, and the church he had constructed for his beloved wife, Rachel. In the Andrew Jackson Visitor Center, guests can experience Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm, a new interactive exhibit about the life and profound impact of our seventh president on the history of the United States. Admission is free for active duty military and all veterans. For more information, visit www.thehermitage.com.