Lovers of American history will not want to miss out on The Hermitage, the home of Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States. Considered to be the most authentic early presidential home in the nation, the Hermitage consists of the Jackson family mansion, garden, slave quarters, and the original log cabin the family occupied in 1804.
The Hermitage was once home to 150 African-American slaves in addition to the Jackson family. A trip through the plantation grounds gives one an idea of what it would have been like to be a member of an elite family - or a slave - in the Antebellum South.
The choice of the name 'The Hermitage' seems unusual for one the nation's most revered presidents, since it would seem to mean a place where a hermit lives. No one knows why this name was selected or even if Jackson was actually the one who selected it.
The Hermitage is located about 11 mi (17.8 km) northeast of downtown Nashville. It takes about 20 minutes to get there by car.
Tours & Tickets
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Duration: 7 hours