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.
Of course, we took a picture to prove we were there.
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.
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.
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.
These fields used to be cotton fields. At its peak, the Hermitage kept 147 slaves in 1850.
On the grounds sat Andrew Jackson’s two story custom Federal style home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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