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“An Extraordianry Wonderful Experience- a must do if in the Nashville area”

Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
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$69.00*
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Historic Tennessee - Southern Plantations and Presidents
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$20.00*
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Andrew Jackson's Hermitage General Admission
Ranked #6 of 258 things to do in Nashville
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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 new 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.
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

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and some indoor, introduction exhibits, you follow a path through what was cotton fields and orchards, hearing the historical content while you walk.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!!!

Thank Christi L
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

The Hermitage is incredibly well perserved, probably more original details here than any other presidential home from the period. All the guides were informative and enthusiastic. Everyone in the family (grandparents down to elementary aged kids) enjoyed the visit. Given the rather steep admissions price and historical significance, I wish they could improve on the following: introductory video was garbled, it seemed to have been edited down from a much longer PBS series and some details were a bit confusing as a result. Several references are made to the fact that Jackson is the ONLY president to have paid off the national debt, but there is almost nothing to explain this in more nuanced terms: that he took advantage of an economic bubble, that the paid off debt was very brief, and that it resulted in less than desireable economic circumstances. Given our current situation, Jackson's concern for debt and the complications associated with his efforts to address it would have been very educational and illuminating. Instead, it fell flat as what felt like a soundbite. Unflattering as it may be, race relations/slavery/and treatment of native american population are an important part of Jackson's legacy. How he approached these issues, why he believed that the decisions he made were wise and appropriate at the time, etc., deserve some discussion and explanation. There is no effort to sweep these issues under the carpet by the museum, but it seems to be a lost opportunity NOT to address or explain a bit more to visitors. Very little signage or audio tour coverage addressed these issues. Instead, there is a preponderance of signage and audio tour about Jackson's deep love for his wife and his relationship with her. If the goal of the museum is truly educational, more of an effort should be made to connect the wealth of material at this site with issues that are relevant to visitors even today.

3  Thank Daitokoro
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

It is a great tour, everyone was very friendly! Highly recommend this tour, Nashville offers a great deal for four tours which includes a large list to pick from for only $50! Great deal!!!

Thank oneyearride
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Very interesting! enjoyed all the memorabilia and touring his home!
His devotion to his wife, Rachel, was very moving. Good movie as well.

Thank AmaB
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

This was an excellent tour because of the variety of activities to see and do. First, the walking tour with the staff was extremely informative. Then the audio tour further explained artifacts and displays the have. Next, the horse and buggy tour is quite interesting because you got to experience the farm life of Andrew Jackson but the way of life during that period of history. Last you can walk the ground and enjoy a serene walk of hike through the grounds.

Thank cazu247
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