The Ladies' Hermitage Association has developed this historic home and grounds since 1889 and they have done an excellent job. I came on the "Battle of New Orleans" Day which is Jan. 8 and the admission was free. The mansion is absolutely beautiful and the grounds are very well kept and the signage provides an excellent self-guided tour. A highlight of the day was meeting Andrew and Rachel Jackson as they strolled the grounds!
The only problem I encountered was the very large crowd that day made the tour through the mansion a little rushed. There was a wreath laying ceremony at the Jacksons' tomb which was very well done with the National Anthem sung by an active military woman and taps played by a Vietnam veteran. Author Jon Meacham, writer of Andrew Jackson, American Lion and the new Thomas Jefferson biography spoke at the ceremony. The orientation film in the Visitor Center was good also. The museum had lots of authentic pieces and the store had a wide variety of items. They were out of the Hermitage Guidebook, and I ordered it from their website after I got home. It contains really nice photos and a brief history of Jackson, his family and The Hermitage.
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