The Hermitage Launches New Programming For Jackson’s 250th Birthday

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To commemorate the 250th birthday of the People’s President, the Andrew Jackson Foundation will launch a 12-month series of programs on his birthday, Wednesday, March 15, with the premiere of the new film “Jackson” about the seventh president’s life. The centerpiece of a weeklong series of events and programs will be the Presidential Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Jackson’s tomb at 11 a.m. March 15 at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Ret. Gen. Keith Huber and Andrew Jackson VI will place the presidential wreath on Jackson’s grave accompanied by the Tennessee Army National Guard. Guests can attend the ceremony, listen to a patriotic music … Read More

The Hermitage Celebrates Black History Month With Free Educational Programs

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Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is partnering with other local and national groups to celebrate Black History Month this February. In conjunction with Bright Star Theatre, the Nashville Public Library, the African-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Tennessee State University, author Jesse J. Holland, and music group The Princely Players, the presidential home will host four interactive and educational programs throughout the month.  “We are honored to be able to present the 2017 Black History Month series that is rich with meaning and poignancy for all Americans. Likewise, we are honored to be collaborating with leading Nashville organizations and institutions to present this year’s … Read More

Homeschool Takeover at The Hermitage

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On Nov. 11 and 12, hundreds of home-schoolers from across the nation will take over Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage as the presidential home hosts two events specifically for home-schooled students and their families. On Nov. 11, home-schooled students will have the opportunity to experience a class at the home of the seventh president during Hermitage Homeschool Day. On Nov. 12, home-schooled student-athletes will participate in the first race ever hosted at The Hermitage during the inaugural 2016 Homeschool Cross Country National Championship. On Friday, Nov. 11, The Hermitage will offer a school program to home-schooled students during Hermitage Homeschool Day. Hermitage … Read More

A First-Timer’s Experience at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

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Many visitors arrive at Andrew Jackson’s home with their opinions already fixed, sometimes using words like “crazy” and “violent.” At first, I visited The Hermitage solely to enjoy the history. But I left with a clearer image of the man, whom I felt wasn’t as easy to label as I’d first thought. Visitors are greeted by larger-than-life portraits of the general looming next to compassionate quotes from his military experiences. Guests progress through the visitors’ center detailing his pre-presidential life from lower economic class to legend, ultimately arriving into Jackson’s controversial rise to his time as the seventh U.S. president, … Read More

Fall Fest at The Hermitage Set for Oct. 1–2

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Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is set to once again feature an exciting mix of Tennessee flavors when its Fall Fest featuring handmade artisan gifts, music and food returns on Oct. 1 and 2. A variety of artists from across the South are planned to display an array of hand-crafted products throughout the festival, including photography, basketry, ceramics, jewelry, painting and woodwork. “This event is an opportunity for us to bring the community together to celebrate Tennessee’s rich history through art, music and food,” said Howard Kittell, president and CEO of The Hermitage. Fall Fest at The Hermitage is free admission and … Read More

Middle Tennessee Highland Games Returns to The Hermitage

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Discover Celtic culture and ancient traditions at the Middle Tennessee Highland Games and Celtic Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President. “The theme this year is ‘Year of Discovery,’” said Howard J. Kittell, president and CEO of The Hermitage. “The theme and games combined is ideal for the setting at The Hermitage. Visitors can discover the Celtic heritage of Tennessee, more about their own roots and Andrew Jackson’s Celtic heritage.” Some highlights for the festival include: Music: Renowned musician Laura McGhee will perform and serve as the … Read More

Andrew Jackson Foundation Commissions New Film for The Hermitage

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 26, 2016) – The Andrew Jackson Foundation has commissioned an introductory film for viewing at The Hermitage to prepare visitors for an insightful and rich visit. The film will debut – as part of programming designed to commemorate the 250th birthday of President Andrew Jackson – on March 15, 2017. A committee of board leadership and Foundation staff selected Cortina Productions, an award-winning media company based in McLean, Va., to produce the intro film. Cortina has produced videos for notable institutions including the LBJ Presidential Library, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, and the Anne Frank … Read More

The Hermitage Launches New VIP Tour

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Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage has launched a brand-new VIP tour, giving visitors an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the home of the seventh president. The VIP tour, launched Aug. 16, is the ultimate way for American history fans to experience one of the top-rated and most authentically preserved presidential homes in the country. Led by an experienced guide, the VIP tour allows groups of up to 12 guests to explore The Hermitage with special access to parts of the mansion not included in the General’s Tour. During the tour, VIP guests are given more in-depth information about the history of objects, what … Read More

Hermitage Mother’s Day Tea Features American Girl Author

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History will come to life for mothers and daughters when they gather at The Hermitage for the Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday, May 7. Guests are invited to spend a day to remember at The Hermitage with Denise Lewis Patrick, a favorite American Girl doll author, who will read from her new book, “No Ordinary Sound.” Patrick’s book tells the story of Melody Ellison, the newest addition to the American Girl doll collection. The story is told against the backdrop of Detroit during the civil rights movement. “We are always looking for an engaging way to incorporate history at our … Read More

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage Celebrates Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial With Speakers, Military and Launch of New Exhibit

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To mark the 200th anniversary of Andrew Jackson’s stunning victory in the Battle of New Orleans, The Hermitage celebrated with the launch of an exhibit taking a new look at Jackson’s life and a ceremony with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. The launch of Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm is the first comprehensive content change in the Andrew Jackson Center in 25 years, and the title comes from a famous Jackson quote: “I was born for a storm, and a calm does not suit me.” It’s the latest step in a multiyear plan that will … Read More