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Hermitage in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

A Future President's Home

From Adversity, Strength

 
 
A Future President's Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 25, 2010
1. A Future President's Home Marker
Inscription. Andrew Jackson took on life with grit and determination. Both served him well. Through persistence, ambition, and luck, the boy born into a struggling immigrant family and
orphaned at age fourteen, would become a respected lawyer, judge, businessman, politician, military officer, farmer - and president.

Success marked Jackson’s early years in Tennessee from 1788, until the early 1800s, when he fell on hard times. In order to pay his debts, he sold his fine riverfront farm, Hunter’s Hill, in 1804 and then bought this neighboring farm. The name he gave his new home, The Hermitage, reflected Jackson’s desire to retreat from public life. Although largely undeveloped, his new farm did include a comfortable, but not luxurious, two-story log farmhouse built between 1798 and 1800. By 1806, hired hands had added a two-room log kitchen and quarters for some of his nine enslaved workers just a few yards from Jackson’s home.

Andrew and Rachel Jackson, their adopted son, Andrew Junior, and many wards, relatives, and other adopted members of the Jackson family made their home here until they moved into the new brick mansion in 1821.
 
Erected by The Hermitage.
 
Location. 36° 13.014′ N, 86° 36.687′ 
The Farmhouse image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 25, 2010
2. The Farmhouse
The farmhouse consisted of one large first floor room used or reception and dining, two bedrooms and a small stair hall on the second floor, and an attic loft. It had glass windows and beaded paneling.
W. Marker is in Hermitage, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker is on Rachel's Lane. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hermitage TN 37076, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First Hermitage (a few steps from this marker); The Hermitage Landscape (a few steps from this marker); A home for Jackson’s Slaves (within shouting distance of this marker); Growing Cotton (within shouting distance of this marker); Abandonment and Preservation (within shouting distance of this marker); Land Conservation at The Hermitage (within shouting distance of this marker); The Belted Galloway (within shouting distance of this marker); Field Quarter Trail (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Hermitage.
 
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Andrew Jackson 1815 image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 25, 2010
3. Andrew Jackson 1815
Andrew Jackson sat for this painting shortly after his celebrated victory at New Orleans in January 1815 made him a national hero. It is the earliest known image of him.
Purchase of the Hermitage image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 25, 2010
4. Purchase of the Hermitage
One year after buying the Hermitage, Jackson was still trying to collect cash payment on his former farm so he could pay his creditors. …Next week I must have money, and should I not receive it from you will be compelled to bring your Bond into market and rise what money on it I can to meet my pressing demands. This will be truly disagreeable to me and I have no doubt unpleasant to you. But my engagements I must meet, this was the object of my sale of my possessions- and from that sale, I must realize that object. -Andrew Jackson to Edward Ward, June 10, 1805 Andrew Jackson came to Tennessee in 1788 as the public prosecutor for the state of North Carolina’s Mero District, the area that now includes Davidson and surrounding counties. This early map of the state identifies central Tennessee as the Mero District and southwestern Tennessee as the home of the Chickasaw and Cherokee Indians.
The Deed image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 25, 2010
5. The Deed
This deed shows Jackson’s purchase of Nathaniel Hayes’ 425-acre farm for $3,400; Jackson sold his riverfront home, Hunter’s Hill for $10,000 and used the profit to pay his debts.
Wide view of A Future President's Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 14, 2015
6. Wide view of A Future President's Home Marker
 
 
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