Andrew Jackson's 247th Birthday Extravaganza

March 15, 2014

Every year on March 15th, we pause to remember the birthday and accomplishments of Andrew Jackson- the orphaned son of Irish immigrants who grew up to become a Tennessee pioneer and one of America’s foremost military heroes, political leaders, and seventh president of the United States. Two hundred and forty-seven years ago, Andrew Jackson was born in South Carolina. While he spent his youth in the Carolinas, Tennessee was his adopted home. In 1804, Jackson purchased the farm near Nashville that he would name “The Hermitage” and call home for the rest of his life. He was buried here in 1845. Schedule of Events 9:00—Site opens, Birthday Card pick up begins; Wagon Tours available; Audio/Multimedia Tours available 9:08--On the :08 and :38 of the hour, the Orientation Film is shown, until 4:38 9:30—Marsha Mullin and Ashley Bouknight, “Collecting” Andrew Jackson, Board Room 11:00—Wreath Ceremony, Garden 12:00—Cake Reception, Café *while supplies last 1:00—Andrew Jackson, VI Bill Signing, Museum Store 2:00—Myers Brown, Andrew Jackson and the Revolutionary War in the Southern Backcountry, CBTS 3:00—Program begins wrapping up 4:30—Site closes Family Programs “I Spy the Past”—Held at First Hermitage. Families can try their hand at choosing the right tool for the right task. This gives families a chance to look at life on the plantation before it was successful, with a stately mansion. Spring Planting—Visitors can experience spring planting at the Hermitage by planting an herb. They may either take it with them or leave it here for us to use. Music of Jackson’s Era—Various sites around the property. Paul and Kim Caudell will perform the pre-ceremony music, but will remain on site to perform music brought to the US by Irish immigrants like Jackson’s parents. “I have the Honor to be”—AJ Center. Brian Allison presents tools and techniques of writing the proper letter in Andrew Jackson’s day. Visitors may try their hand at various writing implements. Meet the Jacksons!—Across the property. Andrew and Rachel Jackson will be on hand to accept birthday congratulations from well-wishers. The Hermitage Birthday Card!—Families with children will retrieve a “Birthday Card” from the AJC Breezeway and complete five activities to receive a prize. The kids must participate in all five activities described above. Cake Reception—Birthday cake and hot drinks will be served, free of charge, in the Hermitage Café while supplies last, beginning at noon.

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City: Hermitage, TN
Region: Middle Tennessee
Subregion: Nashville & Surrounding Areas

Admission Rates:
Adult $9.50 Seniors $8 Student $7 Children $4.5 Active Military FREE Young Children FREE

Senior Citizen Discount, Other Discounts, Military Discount, Active Military, Student Discount

Payment Types Accepted:
Visa, Cash, MasterCard, Discover

Hours Open:
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.