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Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage – Presidential History in Nashville’s Backyard

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No trip to Nashville is complete without seeing the home of the 7th President, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. This 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark is where Jackson and his family lived before, during and after his presidency. Open to the public as a museum since 1889, more than 230,000 people visit the site each year to get a glimpse into what life in the 19th-century South was like.

A choir group visits Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

No one tells the story of Jacksonian America—that pivotal time in our nation’s history between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War—like The Hermitage does. This period of time, when Jackson was president, shaped America’s future. While Jackson’s story is complex, it is nonetheless vitally important to know. As president, he strengthened the power of the presidency, defended the Union, gained new respect for the United States in foreign affairs and pushed the country toward democracy.

The Hermitage aims to tell the whole story during tours so that decisions can be made to mark a better path forward.

Each of these accomplishments comes with the intricacies of Jackson being a man of his time. The Jacksons were a wealthy family, and they were able to accumulate their wealth because of the labor of enslaved men and women who lived and worked on the Hermitage property. He did not free any of his enslaved workers before he died, and the Greek Revival-style mansion that serves as the centerpiece of the site is the result of that forced labor.

The mission of the Andrew Jackson Foundation, which operates The Hermitage, is to tell that story—the whole story—so that decisions can be made to mark a better path forward. This is done every day through the tours offered at The Hermitage.

With Southern hospitality, the team prides itself on making every visitor feel welcome and appreciated. From offering Grounds Passes and curated experiences that include conversations with a team of historians, to wagon rides and a tour with the President and CEO, tour options are endless. Groups of 15 or more people receive a discounted rate on the Mansion Tour, which is the most popular tour option. This tour includes a guided tour of the mansion, as well as a self-guided tour of the site, including the farmland that houses more than 20 historic buildings, historic garden where the Jacksons and many of their family members are laid to rest, walking trails and the museum and Jackson film. Our team is proud to offer complimentary tickets for escorts and drivers of every group. Parking is free, and a bus parking lot is located near the visitor drop-off and pick-up location.

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage offers free parking, easy drop-off and pick-up with nearby bus parking.

Visitors can enjoy Southern cooking at the onsite café and then find the perfect made-in-Tennessee gifts and Hermitage souvenirs in the Museum Store.  

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is consistently ranked as one of the top tourist attractions in Nashville and is the third most visited presidential site in the country. We look forward to welcoming you to the home of the 7th President!