The Home of President Andrew Jackson Examines its History with the Civil War

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The Hermitage hosts Living History Events this Weekend to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the War.

The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War this weekend.

Folks of all ages, from pre-school on up will find exciting activities, educational programs, and other opportunities for fun!

During the great conflict known as the American Civil War, The Hermitage was a pilgrimage destination for soldiers in both the Union and Confederate armies. Men flocked to Andrew Jackson's rural retreat to pay homage to a military hero and United States President they greatly admired, respected, and who they believed represented their divergent points of view. Fortunately, The Hermitage was not touched by battle or looting during the bloody four-year conflict. In fact, after a time Union guards were stationed at the revered site to protect it.

On July 21st of 1862, a Confederate cavalry brigade visited The Hermitage to pay their respects to the beloved General and his family. Upon arrival, they encountered a group of local women visiting to honor the first anniversary of the Battle of Manassas. The two groups met for the afternoon for a picnic. On Saturday, July 21st and Sunday July 22nd, The Hermitage is pleased to recreate this visit.

Join us on these dates for two days of living history activities that will explore the 150th anniversary of this event. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the role of Confederate cavalry & mounted soldiers in the Civil War, the relationships between civilians and military, and the complex gender roles of the Civil War era.

Experiences will include visits to both civilian and military living history camps, recreation of a “picnic” held on the mansion grounds, mounted cavalry drills, a period church service on Sunday morning in the historic Hermitage Church, opportunities to learn about Civil War photography, and performances of music from the Civil War era. Folks of all ages-from pre-school on up will find exciting activities, educational programs, and other opportunities for fun!    The activities are free with paid admission to The Hermitage. "The stories at The Hermitage did not end with the death of Andrew Jackson in 1845," said Howard Kittell, president and CEO of The Hermitage, "but continue to the present time. We are pleased to illustrate how life continued at a personal level through the drama and bloodshed of the Civil War years."
All events take place on the Hermitage grounds near the mansion with the exception of the Civil War era religious service which will take place in the historic Hermitage Church. For more information, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest or visit us at

Schedule for Saturday:

9:00 a.m.             Camps open to the public
10:00-10:30         “The Men, Mounts, and Equipment of Forrest’s Command”
10:30-11:45         “The Confederate Cavalry and Southern Civilians”
1:00-2:00             Recreation of Confederate Cavalry & Ladies' Soldiers' Friend Society Picnic
2:30-3:30             Confederate Cavalry interpretive programming
4:00-5:00             Mounted Cavalry Drill
5:00 p.m.             Camps close to the public

Schedule for Sunday:

9:00 a.m.             Camps open to the public
10:00-11:00         Civil War era religious service in original 1828 Hermitage church
11:30-12:00         “The Men, Mounts, and Equipment of Forrest’s Command”
12:00                 Camps close to the public
1:30-5:00             Music of the Civil War (Part of The Hermitage’s Sundays LIVE series)
5:00 p.m.             Event Concludes

The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, is one of the largest and most visited presidential homes in the United States. In 1856, the State of Tennessee purchased the property from the Jackson family, entrusting it to the Ladies’ Hermitage Association in 1889 to operate as one of America’s first historic site museums. Today, The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with over 30 historic buildings, including restored slave cabins. Thanks to efforts of this nonprofit organization, the mansion is the most accurately preserved early presidential home in the country. The Hermitage is a national model for authenticity, conservation, and historic preservation. In recent years, new interpretive initiatives and educational programs such as archaeology and the history of slavery have enhanced the experience of some 180,000 annual visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren, from all 50 states and many foreign countries; in fact, we interpret the Hermitage mansion in five foreign languages. The property also receives 30,000 annual visits from the local community, including over 1,000 children who play Little League baseball at The Hermitage's Rotary Park. The Hermitage is a “Partner Place” with the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and a site along the National Park Service’s Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.

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