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

The First Hermitage

Worlds Apart, Side by Side

 
 
The First Hermitage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 25, 2010
1. The First Hermitage Marker
Inscription. These log buildings tell a remarkable American story unlike any other. From 1804 to 1821, as a two-story farmhouse and kitchen outbuilding, the First Hermitage housed future United States President Andrew Jackson and his family. Here, Jackson lived out, and became a symbol of, the American Dream—the belief that anyone can rise to great success.

After Jackson moved to his new brick mansion in 1821, he reconfigured his old log farmhouse to a one-story slave cabin. Until the Civil War, these buildings sheltered some of Jackson’s enslaved workers—a group of people for whom freedom remained a dream deferred. Today, these unassuming buildings stand as a symbolic reminder of the conflict between democracy and slavery that continues to haunt our understanding of American life and culture.

As you explore the First Hermitage, you’ll find the interwoven story of two American experiences. Within the shadow of Andrew Jackson’s life in these buildings, also exists the very different story of the many enslaved African Americans who lived and toiled here. Look carefully.
 
Location. 36° 13.014′ N, 86° 36.695′ W. Marker is in Hermitage, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker can be reached from Rachels Lane 0.3 miles east of Hermitage Road
The First Hermitage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 25, 2010
2. The First Hermitage Marker
Based on architectural and historical evidence, this watercolor rendering depicts Jackson’s log farmhouse and kitchen as they appeared during his time of residence.

A photographer captured this image of the one-story farmhouse and kitchen slave cabin shortly after the Civil War.
. Touch for map. This marker is located along the pathway beyond the Springhouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4580 Rachels Lane, Hermitage TN 37076, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Future President's Home (a few steps from this marker); The Hermitage Landscape (within shouting distance of 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.
 
Also see . . .  The Hermitage, The Home of President Andrew Jackson. (Submitted on February 10, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Antebellum South, US
 
The First Hermitage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 25, 2010
3. The First Hermitage Marker
The First Hermitage image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 25, 2010
4. The First Hermitage
The First Hermitage image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 25, 2010
5. The First Hermitage
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 9, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 454 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 9, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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