Near Van Wyck in Lancaster County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Welcome to the Andrew Jackson State Park Museum
This 360-acre park was established to honor the seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson.
The museum tells the story of Jackson's boyhood experiences during the Revolutionary war and highlights life in the South Carolina backcountry from Andrew Jackson's birth in 1767 until he left South Carolina in 1784 at the age of 17.
The park encompasses the property that once belonged to Andrew Jackson's uncle, James Crawford. Andrew Jackson and his mother lived with his uncle and the Crawfords during his youth after his father passed away. When James Crawford's land was surveyed in 1768, he owned 110 acres on the north side of the nearby Waxhaw Creek.
Andrew grew up among hard-working, self-reliant settlers in the region known as the Waxhaws in thus tightly knit community, he developed the determination and toughness that later earned him the popular name "Old Hickory" for his military
Reflecting his early life in the Waxhaws and the frontier community of Tennessee, President Jackson vigorously promoted the concept of mass democracy, and his presidency became symbolic of the self-made common man. He is especially remembered for his strong commitment to the idea that Americans were first and foremost citizens of a united nation, not of separate states.
After serving two terms as President, 1829-1837, Jackson spent his final years at his home in Nashville. He died there June 8, 1845.
Please come on in and discover more about Andrew Jackson's fascinating boyhood.
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
Location. 34° 50.417′ N, 80° 48.433′ W. Marker is near Van Wyck, South Carolina, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Andrew Jackson Park Road. Touch for map. Marker is near the entrance to the museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 196 Andrew Jackson Park Road, Lancaster SC 29720, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Boy of the Waxhaws (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Comes Home (within shouting distance of this marker); School Days in the Waxhaws (within shouting Welcome to Andrew Jackson State Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Andrew Jackson Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Heart of the Community (about 400 feet away); Andrew Jackson State Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Birthplace of Andrew Jackson (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Birthplace of Andrew Jackson (approx. ¼ mile away); Major Crawford's Home (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Van Wyck.
Also see . . .
1. Andrew Jackson State Park. Andrew Jackson State Park combines history, art and community activities into a setting that has made it one of the S.C. State Park Service’s most popular attractions. Popular features of the park include living history programs, an Andrew Jackson museum that details his boyhood in the South Carolina backcountry and a birthday celebration held each March in honor of the seventh President of the United States of America. Other park attractions include (Submitted on June 26, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Andrew Jackson State Park. Andrew Jackson State Park is a 360-acre (1.5 km2) South Carolina state park established in 1952 to honor the only South Carolina born president, Andrew Jackson, who was born nearby in 1767. The park is on U.S. Highway 521 about nine miles north of Lancaster, South Carolina. The park offers hiking, canoeing, camping, fishing and picnicking. (Submitted on June 26, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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