We visited the Hermitage Home of Andrew Jackson on New Year's Day, 2014. I cannot express, in words, what an amazing and educational experience it was. The tour and grounds were so well done. The tour begins with an informative movie in a viewing area. Everyone is provided with a listening device and headphones in which you follow along on the map, pressing the correct numbers as you see them on the map or on the little posts placed along the well-manicured path. After the movie and some indoor, introduction exhibits, you follow a path through what was cotton fields and orchards, hearing the historical content while you walk. It was beautiful, even in the middle of winter. The tour of the actual home, a beautiful Greek inspired, Southern style mansion, is given by friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guides. They were very entertaining and can answer any questions you may have. After the home there were acres of slave quarters, fresh water springs, gardens, and a family cemetery.
I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Nashville area. It is a "do not miss" experience for the whole family. Along with the main narration, there is a children's listening option, which was informative in an entertaining way that was easy to understand. It was very educational and a wonderful way to spend the morning. I do recommend going early, as there seemed to be less people than when we were leaving. Also, go when you have about three hours to really enjoy it and see everything. The $20 entry fee is well worth it. Free for active duty military and discounted for active duty spouse. Have a wonderful time enjoying America's early history!!!
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