The Hermitage: Andrew Jackson’s Home
Andrew and Rachel Jackson lived at the Hermitage for many years. They built their grand home on the outskirts of Nashville where their farm grew to be one of the most prestigious in the area. Later going on to serve as President of the United States, Andrew Jackson adored The Hermitage and all that its land had to offer.
In 1804, a 37 year-old Andrew Jackson purchased the farm at the site. He brought with him his wife Rachel. Rachel Donelson was the daughter of the co-founder of Nashville. They first lived in a small log cabin that had already been existent on the property.
The Jackson’s built the home that stands today in 1835. They owned a lot of land, eventually expanding their plantation to over 1,000 acres.
Although Andrew Jackson and his wife never had children together they raised three. One of them was Andrew Jackson Jr. and another was Andrew Hutchings. Both of these children were relatives of Rachel. They then adopted a Creek orphan by the name of Lyncoya. He passed away of tuberculosis in 1828. Rachel Jackson passed suddenly in 1828. Her death came as an extreme tragedy to the Jackson family which devastated President Jackson.
Jackson went on to live at the Plantation full time after his retirement in 1837. After his death in 1845, he was buried on the property beside his wife.
The home stayed in the family for several more years until it was sold off to the State of Tennessee in agreement that the remaining Jackson’s could live there. They did indeed call this place home until 1893. The home was opened by a group of preservationists as a museum and completely restored.
Violet Sky’s Visit
I have visited Nashville several times and have always wanted to see the Hermitage. Being fascinated by historic homes, I thought this would be a unique place to visit. Just the manicured lawns leading up to the home depict how stunning the landscape is surrounding the mansion.
How to Visit
The Hermitage is located at 4580 Rachel’s Lane in Nashville. Admission and hours for the museum can be found by visiting the official website by clicking here.
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