I grew up “hearing” about Andrew Jackson, and I had known he was a former president of the United States, but I had no idea of his life, his love, or of where he called HOME.
If you have a chance to pass through this area just outside of Nashville, TN ---do it! History is so important, and I feel such a connection to those who came before and appreciate so much what they sacrificed for the building of this nation.
When you enter the visitors center, there is a film to give you the background of The Hermitage, and of Andrew Jackson’s life from a young boy up through his presidency and beyond. What a fascinating man!
Some of the history of this country is hard for me to swallow ---such as the removal of Native Americans out of their home lands on the “Trail of Tears” ----History isn’t always pretty. But that was then, for the good or bad.
Here is a little video from the Biography Channel:
There were no photographs allowed inside of the mansion, but I was MOST impressed by the original wallpaper that is still in several rooms. ORIGINAL! of course, it’s been touched up over time…but when you think about what that wall paper has witnessed….if you visit THIS PAGE you will see some photos from the inside, including the wallpaper in the front hall as well as a bit of history.
First view of The Hermitage up the carriage drive
My family goes nuts when I have to stop and read all the placards! But this is good stuff!
Amazing that this place was once in ruins!
Family resting place.
Andrew and his wife were unable to have children of their own, and they ended up adopting a nephew to raise as their own.
Andrew and his beloved wife are buried here in the monument that he had built after her passing, and before his own. Rachel’s life was quite an interesting one, and Andrew was her second husband, with a lot of gossip taking place after her marriage to Andrew, when her divorce to her first husband was not quite “official” yet! You can CLICK HERE to read more about Rachel.
The weather was getting very cold and windy with a storm blowing in so we didn’t spend as much time in the gardens as I would have liked……
Side view of the hermitage, showing the front view to be mostly fascade!
History gives me goose bumps, and I’m sure glad I had a chance to stand where Andrew Jackson stood.
My only complaint? Not a quilt in the place! It was all fancy chintz fabrics on the beds --- magnificent – but what about quilts?
Today I’m meeting up with the Lebanon Quilters! Lunch is planned, and some shopping and wandering – and a lecture this evening!
Have a great Monday, Everyone!