President Donald J. Trump will tour Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage on Wednesday as part of his first official visit to Tennessee. While there, he will participate in a private ceremony honoring the 250th birthday of our seventh president.
He will be the 14th president to visit the home of Andrew Jackson, and the first since Ronald Reagan participated in the birthday commemoration ceremony in 1982, 35 years ago. Just as Lyndon B. Johnson did in 1967, Trump will lay a wreath on Jackson’s tomb as part of the annual birthday ceremony.
“We’re pleased that the president has an interest in Andrew Jackson,” said Howard J. Kittell, president and CEO of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. “The Hermitage is the best place to learn Jackson’s story. We’re looking forward to showing the president and his staff around.”
The president will be visiting The Hermitage in the late afternoon prior to attending a rally planned for that evening in downtown Nashville.
The grounds at The Hermitage will be closed to the public for the president’s visit and will reopen Thursday with half-off admission. Tickets and tours purchased for Wednesday will be redeemed for admission Thursday, and tour groups can reschedule by contacting The Hermitage with another preferred date.
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250th Birthday Celebration Events | Thursday–Saturday
On Thursday, The Hermitage invites the public to celebrate Jackson’s 250th birthday and participate in Jackson Education Day. Daylong activities include hickory pole racing, chocolate sampling and birthday cake.
The Tennessee National Guard will perform a concert at noon Thursday, and there will also be a book-signing event with Judge Andrew Jackson VI at 1 p.m., a 19th century steeplechase hosted by the Tennessee Equine Hospital and a presentation from the Tennessee Militiamen of the War of 1812.
A present-day “Andrew Jackson” and some of his presidential peers will talk to students and chaperones throughout the day and participate in An Evening With Five Presidents.
Friday and Saturday, over 150 costumed interpreters will recreate a military encampment from the War of 1812, and the weeklong celebration will conclude with a War of 1812 Campfire Tour – a lantern tour of a recreated War of 1812 militia encampment.
To see the full lineup of Andrew Jackson’s 250th birthday celebration events and to purchase tickets, visit http://thehermitage.com/andrew-jacksons-250th-birthday-celebration/.
About President Jackson’s Birthday
Every year on March 15, we pause to remember the birthday and accomplishments of Andrew Jackson – the orphaned son of Irish immigrants who grew up to become a Tennessee pioneer, one of America’s foremost military heroes and political leaders, and the seventh president of the United States. Andrew Jackson was born in South Carolina 250 years ago. While he spent his youth in the Carolinas, Tennessee was his adopted home. In 1804, Jackson purchased the farm near Nashville that he would name The Hermitage and call home for the rest of his life. He was buried there in 1845.
About The Hermitage
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President is one of the largest, most well-preserved and most visited presidential homes in the United States. Opened to the public in 1889, The Hermitage is one of America’s first presidential museums. Today, The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with 27 historic buildings, including Jackson’s mansion and tomb, restored slave cabins, a church, and gardens. In recent years, new interpretive initiatives and educational programs such as archaeology and the history of slavery have enhanced the experience of 200,000 annual visitors. In 2015, The Hermitage launched Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm, a state-of-the-art exhibit that delves into the life of Andrew Jackson, including his military and presidential careers. For more information, visit www.thehermitage.com.