Towards the end of May on a rainy, gray Tennessee morning, with camera in hand, I set out to explore The Hermitage. It was humid and sticky as I followed the path to the house from the parking lot. Upon arrival, I soon came to realize that this was not my first time to be here. I was about 6 years old on my last visit and spent what felt like a lifetime in the gift shop, with my Dad, bored and wishing for a snack from a nearby vending machine, while my sister and mom toured the home and grounds. Needless to say, I didn’t spend near as much time in the gift shop this go-round.
On this President’s Day, I invite you to take a wander through the beautiful Tennessee residence of the 7th President of the United States, Andrew Jackson. While pictures are not allowed while inside the house (you will have to go for yourself to enjoy that) the gardens and grounds are expansive and filled with plenty of opportunities to learn some history, snap some pictures and drink in a little bit of sweet Tennessee.
Rachel Donelson Jackson loved to garden, and spent a great deal of time here. Rachel was never the first lady, as she died Christmas Eve 1828, just 3 months before her husband’s inauguration. A corner of the garden was made into a burial plot where Rachel, her husband, children, and even some beloved servants are buried.
The Springhouse, nestled back in the woods.
The original home of the Jacksons.
On the way to what used to be the cotton fields.
The final resting place of Andrew and Rachel Jackson.
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