Monday, March 9, 2009

Hermitage, Tennessee: The Hermitage

What did ex-Presidents used to do after they left office? In Andrew Jackson's case, he hung out at a nice mansion outside of Nashville and received guests.

The Hermitage is the description for the Jackson's estate. Interestingly enough, the facility has no connection with the National Parks Service. It was established before 1900, and the curators don't want to give it up. This has two obvious effects -- it's a little pricey for admission, and the tour guides really aren't experts on the subject of Jackson. The tour also includes Jackson's original facility on the grounds, other buildings (including one for slaves), gardens and the Jackson burial site (shown). It's a nice enough place, but I don't see much reason to go back soon. By the way, the country estate is now smack in the middle of suburbia.

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