Stop in for a visit and tour the home of one of Tennessee’s most famous residents next time you’re in Nashville.
While there are plenty of famous people who have made Nashville home over the years, and there are countless celebrities living in the area currently, we are talking about a long-gone, but supremely famous past resident. We’ll give you a hint. He is depicted on the twenty dollar bill.
Just minutes from downtown Nashville is the National Historic Site that the Andrew Jackson Family called home. The 1120 acre plantation welcomes visitors to explore the grounds, gardens, homes and outbuildings of The Hermitage.
The first home on the property was a log cabin built for Nathaniel Hays who sold the place to Jackson in 1804. Jackson dubbed the property ‘The Hermitage’ meaning rural refuge, and soon had the property converted into a prosperous cotton plantation operating with slave-labor.
In 1821 Jackson and his family moved to the 2-story Federal Style brick home he had built and added the formal gardens, for his wife Rachel, and numerous outbuildings to house dairy, smokehouse, distillery, cotton gin, and slave quarters.
During his Presidency, Jackson had the home enlarged dramatically, adding two wings which included an impressive library, but the home suffered serious damage in an 1834 fire. The rebuilding was extensive, and converted the home to the Greek Revival Style that remains today.
As you tour the mansion, outbuildings and grounds, you’ll learn more fascinating details of the life of the United States’ seventh President, and only President to pay off the National debt, leaving office with the country in the black. He and his wife are entombed on the property.