Hermitage in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
A Future President's Home
From Adversity, Strength
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′ Touch 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hermitage.
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