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Hanging Out at The Hermitage March 3, 2008

Posted by Laura in Family, Homeschooling.

Our family recently accompanied one of our homeschooling groups to visit Andrew Jackson’s home (The Hermitage) in Nashville and had a really nice time. Here we are in Rachel Jackson’s garden, though not at it’s best this time of year. Though the sun was shining, it was still pretty cold too.


In the weeks before our field trip, we read a biography on Tennessee’s famous president. Here are just a few of the things we learned:

– he became the nation’s 7th president in 1828

– there were 24 states in the union at that time, and only white men were allowed to vote then

– Jackson won the popular vote against John Quincy Adams in 1824, but lost the electoral college vote

– he served 2 terms, but the first began only days after the death of his much-loved wife Rachel Donelson Jackson

– Rachel had been unhappily married when she and Andrew met. They both thought she was officially divorced when they married but found out 2 years later that the marriage hadn’t been legally ended. They remarried, but this caused much controversy and mud-slinging during his campaigning.

There were many other things, including how he got his nickname Old Hickory, his military career, his hot temper, the infamous duel with Dickinson, and lots more. He certainly led a very exciting and colorful life, though some things wouldn’t make us Tennesseans very proud anymore. For instance, he owned many slaves on his cotton plantation and he was integral in the large-scale removal of Native Americans from their ancestral lands.


The kids are standing in front of the inaugural garb of Andrew and Rachel Jackson. He was 6’1″ and weighed 140 lbs!


The tree-lined drive as visitors would have approached the house.


Andrew and Rachel Jackson are buried on the Hermitage grounds out in Rachel’s garden.



1. Dreamer - March 4, 2008

That looks like a lot of fun. I really like history and look forward to enjoying similar outings with my girls in a few years.

2. julie - March 5, 2008

Our family drives close to the Hermitage on our way to Ky. We have said for several years that we need to plan a stop and spend some time there, but we are always on such a tight schedule. (My husband and I were born and raised in a little area outside of Bowling Green Ky. Our family still lives there so we make trips there several times a year). I am so glad that you posted this because now I really am going to make time to take our children there. Our children love history and our 3rd son especially loves learning about former presidents. On my birthday this year, I took Jacob to visit Andrew Johnson’s (17th president) home. We had a great time of fun and learning. I am also wanting to schedule a trip to Thomas Jefferson’s home soon.
grace and peace,

3. Laura - March 5, 2008

The wallpaper in the hallways is beautiful. The ceilings are 14 feet high (to allow the heat to rise in the summer time) and are covered with scenes from what I believe are Greek myths. Rather than being applied in rolls, it is made up of squares of printed paper that had to be put up like a puzzle. Rachel had fancy tastes!

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