Hermitage in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
A home for Jackson’s Slaves
Faced with pressing need for additional slave housing, he built several new cabins and converted his long farmhouse into a one-story slave cabin. Over the next thirty years, Jackson’s slave population continued to grow, peaking at 150.
When Jackson retired from the Presidency in 1837, he returned home to face debts accumulated by his son. After Jackson died in 1845, Andrew Jackson Jr. encountered continued money woes that eventually forced him to sell off slaves and land. In 1856, he sold The Hermitage to the State of Tennessee and moved his family and all but a few of his slaves to a farm in Mississippi.
Shortly before the Civil War, the Mississippi farm failed and the Jacksons returned to The Hermitage as tenants. After the war, the Jackson family stayed at The Hermitage while only a few former slaves remained as paid employees.
Erected by The Hermitage.
Location. Touch for map. Located on the Hermitage Historical Site. 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. Abandonment and Preservation (a few steps from this marker); The Hermitage Landscape (a few steps from this marker); The Belted Galloway (a few steps from this marker); Land Conservation at The Hermitage (a few steps from this marker); A Future President's Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Growing Cotton (within shouting distance of this marker); Field Quarter Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Hermitage (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hermitage.
Categories. • African Americans •
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