Nashville: The Hermitage
The Hermitage — Andrew Jackson's home he built over time and lived in occasionally from 1804 to 1845 — is a nice place to visit and walk through some history. You're not allowed to photograph the inside of the house and can only go through it on a tour, but it's very similar to the Carnton Plantation in Franklin in terms of years it was active and use. Of course this one didn't have blood stains on the floor from a battle as far as I'm aware.
The area outside the house is also beautiful. You can see the garden with Andrew Jackson and his wife, Rachel's, tomb. I loved that Jackson didn't want anything excessive written on his tombstone, but for Rachel he made sure to write this beautiful eulogy.
See below for photos and a throwback to three years ago when I went with Brittney and Whit.
From March 2013:
We really were in awe of the sun when it finally came out on this one fine day. We had to get up early and head out to the Farmer's Market for some food and then to The Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's home. It was a worthwhile stop, if anything to see the structure, gardens, and lay in the grass again. We left impressions in the grass like a snow angel — but grass style. I'm pretty positive I could do a whole post with all the pictures we had of me laying in grass. This was special grass everyone. This was Tennessee grass.
The tour guides dressed in period clothing making me feel a little more like I was back in time. The inside was beautiful. I can try to imagine what it might have felt like at the time. Probably a lot more superior than anything I would have seen. It was also fun learning about Andrew Jackson and his wife. There was a replica of them in the little museum and apparently when they went down the street people would say they looked like a "10" because he was so tall and extremely slender and she was more stout. She was also still technically married to someone else when she became the first lady, which caused a little bit of a scandal. History can be interesting.
After some exploring, we made another little documentary video with not much real information. But still enjoyable anyhow.