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“Great bit of early American history”

Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
Ranked #12 of 200 things to do in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, is one of the largest and most visited presidential homes in the United States, and recently named the #1 historic house in Tennessee. Today, The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with over 30 historic buildings, that welcomes some 200,000 annual visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren, from all 50 states and many foreign countries. Visit Andrew Jackson's Hermitage this fall and holiday season to witness "The Duel: The Art of the Southern Gentleman." This 30-minute visitor experience will answer questions about dueling followed by an ACTUAL demonstration by our historic re-enactors. “The Duel” takes place every Thursday through Sunday throughout the day, free with paid admission.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Typical plantation home tour. Great history of an early American President and his family. A story of how ordinary people came together to preserve this special place

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

We got there about 4:00 and it closed at 6:00, so we were a little rushed.
A Monday afternoon, it was not crowded. We hoped to see the film & museum display when we got back, but they were closing and we missed it.
Audio Guides give great information/perspective...
And bonus... You can select which lesson to listen to at each stop on the grounds.
Look for the sign posts, 3 sets of numbers on each, and one / the Blue #'s? are set up to make it as interesting as possible from a child's perspective..
Ask about that when you get your headphones. I punched in the children's tour #'s a couple times, and felt the information was given in both voice and wording to make it far more appealing and understandable for kids..
The docents (dressed in period costume) in front of, and inside the house were all great, knew all the history, glad to answer lots of questions. It was positively lovely to see how totally proud and devoted they were to their chosen work on this historical site.

Thank Iashutterbug
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

This was a last minute decision but I'm very glad we did this. The drive from the hotel was a bit expensive, but it was a great Sunday afternoon activity. Staff is very knowledgeable and friendly!

Thank Meredith S
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Double history bonus of a President's home and pre-Civil War working plantation. Museum, film, excellent grounds, main house, slave quarters, archaeological excavations, and costumed guides in the Hermitage. Excellent afternoon visit.

Thank chef2235
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Two points of excellence right off: the per person audio system is outstanding; the original preservation in the mansion is incredible. Oh, and don’t forget to ask for your AAA discount.

Andrew Jackson’s platforms may be questionable but this tour is fascinating. Be sure to take the time to watch the 10 minute movie, to the right, as soon as you enter; this background info gives a better understanding and appreciation for the property and the times. Don’t groan, as I did, when you see them handing out earphones and boxes for self guided touring. I usually get nothing from these but they were especially good and allowed flexibility - not only can you spend as much or as little time as you want at each stop but you can skip a crowded one and seamlessly return later. The mansion itself is toured with actual guides, who were excellent, and the groups are small so timing is personal and questions are welcomed. We personally didn’t find as much of interest around the grounds, as nothing is as it was, with the exception of the cemetery (be sure to notice the picture of this during the Civil War with soldiers lounging here amongst weeds!) and the natural spring. But in the house itself, it is remarkable how much is original after so much time and so much ruination in the South during the war. There is plenty of walking to do, if desired, so bring a hat or umbrella, depending.

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