The Hermitage is a historical museum that may be found 10 miles east of Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee, in the United States. The seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, owned the 1,000-acre or more property from 1804 until his passing at the Hermitage in 1845. It also serves as the location of his eternal rest.
The Hermitage was constructed in a remote meadow that Rachel Jackson, Andrew Jackson's wife, picked out for her home. Jackson and his wife resided in a wood cabin from 1804 to 1821. The West, East, and Southeast cabins were part of the larger complex that made up the First Hermitage.
The original 1,050-acre (420 ha) parcel of Jackson's land is included in the site's current 1,120-acre (450 ha) footprint. The Andrew Jackson Foundation, originally known as the Ladies' Hermitage Association, is in charge of overseeing and managing it. Ralph E. W. Earl created a 10-foot (3.0 m) wide, guitar-shaped carriage drive that leads up to the mansion. Carriages could fit more easily in the restricted area because to the design.
After Native Americans were driven out of the area, Jackson chose the location and gave it the name Hermitage. It was situated 2 miles (3.2 km) from the Cumberland and Stones Rivers. Robert Hays, who was the great-uncle of Confederate General Harry Thompson Hays and Texas Ranger John Coffee Hays, first inhabited the area in 1780. Hays gave Jackson the 420-acre (170 hectare) farm in 1804.
The last people to live in the Hermitage were Andrew Jackson III and his family. It was no longer a family home after the family left in 1893. The Ladies' Hermitage Association, who had been given the land by the state of Tennessee for use as a museum commemorating both Jackson's life and the antebellum South in general, opened The Hermitage to the public. The mansion was returned to its 1837 appearance by the Association. The group eventually acquired ownership of the final piece of sold land, which allowed for the restoration of the site's boundaries in 2003.
Jackson chose the name "Hermitage" for his home because that is where he rests. At the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's wife, other family members, including his beloved slave Alfred, are interred. When Alfred was working as a slave for Andrew Jackson, he lived in a cottage behind the estate.
The seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, lived on a property called The Hermitage. The tombs of Jackson and his wife, Rachel, are included on the estate's more than 1,100 acres, which is roughly twelve miles east of Nashville, Tennessee.
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