The Hermitage is one of the oldest historic site museums in the U.S. and has been operating since 1889. Not only is it one of the oldest, but it is also one of the largest with its 1,120 acres of property. The museum is one of the 4th most visited presidential residences in the country and in 1960, it was declared a National Historic Landmark.
The Hermitage is so well known in the U.S. because it was home to our 7th U.S. President, Andrew Jackson, who lived at the home following his presidency until his death in 1845. Jackson purchased the 420-acre farmin in 1804 and he and his wife, Rachel, moved in to the existing two-story log house that was on the property until the main house, the mansion, was built. After the mansion was completed and they transferred their residency to it, the log home was disassembled and rebuilt as two one-story buildings which were used as slave quarters.
The mansion was originally build as a brick, federal-style structure, with construction occurring from 1819-1921, and the property was expanded on in 1831 after an upstairs fire. The mansion has two stories with eight rooms. The rebuild in 1831 led way to a newer, greek revival style complete with six columns lining the front of the home.
Today the mansion still holds 85% of original Jackson family pieces and the log cabins, which had been used as slave quarters, are still sitting on the property. The tomb of Andrew and Rachel Jackson is also located on the property, in the Hermitage Garden.
The Hermitage Museum is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a tour available in five different languages. Visit www.thehermitage.com or call 615-889-2941 for tour prices and more information.