This was a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Everything is so well preserved - down to the paint color. You could envision the Jacksons living here and it seemed to be a very comfortable estate house - not too large. The guides were great, telling so many fabulous stories. We took the wagon ride on the estate in which you learn a lot about slavery on this plantation. The cemetery is interesting to see. The gardens were small, but lovely. I got a kick out of the original cute outhouse in the garden. The movie at the museum part isn't the best, but does give you a little history. They have statues of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson with their clothes - quite a difference in their sizes. Someone complained about the price. I seldom feel I've overpaid when the money is used for the upkeep of such historical places. So much of this is original, that the price is justified. I feel the same way about Hearst Castle. However, someplace like the Winchester House, where hardly anything is from the time of Mrs. Winchester I think is a sheer rip-off. If I visit Nashville again, I will probably visit the Hermitage again. I recommend the wagon ride. Our guide was so good. She was getting some sort of degree involving horses, so we learned a lot about the horses' personalities on the grounds. They even had Galloway Belted cows (aka Oreo cookie cows) on property. Although not from Jackson's time, they are worth seeing. The gift shop is nice, and everyone had that special Southern charm. It helps to know a little bit about Jackson and that time period prior to your visit.