Taking in the History at the Andrew Jackson Hermitage

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On our last day in Nashville, we made a short trip from the city out to the Andrew Jackson Hermitage. the home of our seventh president.

Grand Ole Opry

We first wanted to make a detour. According to the google, we would be passing the Grand Ole Opry.

Grand Ole Opry

Outside Grand Ole Opry

Outside Grand Ole Opry

Of course, we took a picture to prove we were there.

Outside Grand Ole Opry

However, we couldn’t go inside because they were setting up the stage. The best we could do was ogle from the outside, which really isn’t what’s significant about the building.

Outside Grand Ole Opry

If you visit the Opry, make sure to book your tour online before you go. When they do run, they run multiple tours per day, but they’re not an every day occurrence. For the irregular schedule, click here to go to the Grand Ole Opry booking site.

Otherwise, you’ll only get pictures of the outside like I did.

Grand Ole Opry

Andrew Jackson Hermitage

Further out of the city (about 10 miles) sits the Andrew Jackson Hermitage. It was Jackson’s home until his death in 1845.

Andrew Jackson Hermitage

Tree on Andrew Jackson Hermitage

These fields used to be cotton fields. At its peak, the Hermitage kept 147 slaves in 1850.

Andrew Jackson Hermitage

Andrew Jackson Hermitage

On the grounds sat Andrew Jackson’s two story custom Federal style home.

Andrew Jackson Hermitage Rear

This is actually the view from the side/back. I took this for a few reasons:

1. I couldn’t crop out the line of people waiting to go inside from the picture of the front and

2. The back is pretty in its own right. The pillars are deserving of their own photos.

We waited in line to get inside for about half an hour without moving. We gave up and went to explore the garden off to the side of the house, promising to come back before we left. And we forgot.

The Garden at the Hermitage

Instead, we got lost in the massive garden near the house.

Andrew Jackson Hermitage Garden

The garden was apparently a favorite place of his wife, Rachel. She was buried in it upon her death in 1828. A few years later in 1832, he had this memorial erected, made of limestone and copper.

The Tomb of Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson Hermitage Garden

Uncle Alfred’s Cabin

Behind his house sat Uncle Alfred’s Cabin. Alfred Jackson was born on the plantation in 1812, stayed on after emancipation, and upon his death was buried near Andrew and Rachel Jackson.

Alfred's Cabin on the Andrew Jackson Hermitage

The Hermitage stretches on for miles. All told, it covers 1,120 acres of prime Tennessee land. We explored countless buildings, but eventually left to head back to the city. BBQ was calling my name.

Andrew Jackson Hermitage

Continued Reading

In the end, we only spent three days in Nashville, though I would love to go back and spend longer if for no other reason than the food. Next week, I’ll go through three (not my usual five) things to know about going to Nashville.

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  1. I’ve heard so much about the Grand Ole Opry now that I feel like I’ve visited it myself in a way. Although it would be lovely to see it in person! I think it’d be a place that you couldn’t linger at for long enough! #FarawayFiles

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      I wish we could have gone inside. Oh well. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Oh this would be interesting to visit! I didn’t even know about this! Such a shame though that there seemed to be a long line of people! #FarawayFiles

  3. I think I would like to visit Nashville at some point and will definitely visit the Hermitage it looks right up my alley! Thank you for sharing on #farawayfiles

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