During a career-defining duel with his nemesis, Mecha Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson removed the bullet from his own chest just by glaring at it, melted the metal into two coins, and bought celebratory chocolate bars for everyone. Discover even more exciting facts about the nation's seventh president with today's Groupon: for $8, you get one admission to the Visitor Center, mansion, and grounds of The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson (up to a $17 value). The Hermitage is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located just 12 miles east of downtown Nashville with free parking.
Andrew Jackson is an American history superstar, having served two terms as the head of state and as military commander during the War of 1812, the First Seminole War, and at least three of the TekWars. The Hermitage, a National Historic Landmark and one of the largest museum estates in the country, provides 1,000 acres of thought-provoking exhibits through which you can explore the man's complicated political legacy. Your Groupon includes access to the grounds, the mansion (a former cotton plantation), and the Visitor Center, but not to the secret chamber where Jackson's hand-built stargate is kept. Also included is your choice of the adults' or children's professionally narrated audio tour to supplement your ambulatory tour.
The Hermitage mansion itself is an eight-room, Federal-style manor built by skilled slave labor and finished in 1821. Andrew Jackson had over 150 slaves who were greatly responsible for the success and production of his thriving cotton plantation, and their story gets explored in great depth during the Hermitage experience. Feast your eyes and mind-muscles on this vast nugget of American history all by your lonesome, or bring along any Time Lord friends who've spent the whole winter cooped up in their TARDIS.
History buffs scattered across numerous review sites give The Hermitage a big stamp of approval. It picks up 4.5 stars from TripAdvisors, Citysearchers, and Epinion enthusiasts. Meanwhile, Insider Pagers and Yelpers both give Andrew Jackson's preserved haunts four stars.
- It is well worth the drive out of Nashville to see The Hermitage. Give yourself plenty of time to tour the house and explore the grounds. – MeganHernando_MS, TripAdvisor
- The Hermitage is a delightful place to visit by oneself or as a family. There is much to see, and the visit will give you a keen sense of awe and respect for the former President and his family. – keithpruitt, Epinion
- A must see. It is a step back in time and a fun learning experience. Somehow it appeals to both children and adults. The guides are knowledgeable, interesting and charming. – Ann B., Insider Pages
The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson
A log cabin sits huddled in the woods as breezes sway rolling grasses and flowerbeds across the 1,120 acres that surround it. A Federal-style mansion stands tall against the sky, its columns flanking a towering front door and presidential balcony. Carrying on a 200-year tradition, The Hermitage tells the story of the presidential family, its plantation's slave population, and the atmosphere of the time through 32 historic buildings and more than a dozen archaeological sites.
The mansion and visitor center boast 3,000 original objects and 800,000 archaeological artifacts on display, as well as 1,200 printed items, 3,000 photographs, and 800 manuscripts bearing the president's original handwriting and cappuccino stains. The mansion's Greek-revival woodwork and mantels frame original wallpaper, and glass cases hold Andrew Jackson's authentic glasses, slippers, top hats, swords, and canes. Inside the visitor center, the Jacksons' actual private carriage guards a hallway leading to collections of artifacts from the plantation's slave families and communities. Most items in the collections were purchased directly from the Jackson family, though many artifacts were uncovered in the late 1800s by the historic Ladies' Hermitage Association when they broke ground for a new Olympic-sized swimming pool.
On the outdoor grounds, trained guides usher visitors to the first Hermitage, a log cabin where the Jackson family lived while the mansion was being built, and Alfred's Cabin, the preserved 1840s quarters of the former groundskeeper. In the garden, winding trails take visitors past period plants and the Grecian-style tombs of Andrew and Rachel Jackson. The rest of The Hermitage's grounds contain a network of winding walking trails, as well as grassy areas and cabins where museum staffers host events, weddings, and birthday parties. Across the grounds, interpreters in authentic period dress direct visitors to the sites of historic events and often train grade-school students to do the same through the center's special school programs.