What’s Blooming Wednesday #44 at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

We quickly bounded up the highway to Nashville last week for a couple of days with our two kids (who are in college).  With all our schedules for work, school, and blogging, we fit as much fun as possible into our time of under 40 hours.

And. It. Was. Great. (!)

Our first stop was Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage Plantation.

Andrew Jackson's Hermetage Plantation

Of course, I took no pictures of the grounds after leaving the exhibits building to walk to the plantation, but I did think to grab a few pictures later as we entered the beautiful walkways and gardens.

Andrew Jackson's Hermetage Plantation

There were loads of flowers everywhere we turned.

Andrew Jackson's Hermetage Plantation

I won’t even attempt to name them all.

Andrew Jackson's Hermetage Plantation

Many of them are common varieties.

Andrew Jackson's Hermetage Plantation

Some you might have in your own yard, too.

Andrew Jackson's Hermetage Plantation

The surrounding lawns are well manicured, of course.

Andrew Jackson's Hermetage Plantation

One word was constantly on my mind…  l u s h .

Andrew Jackson's Hermetage Plantation

Every color under the sun is represented – along with lots of pretty white fencing.

Andrew Jackson's Hermetage Plantation

The pathways lead to the family cemetery.

Andrew Jackson's Hermetage Plantation

The back yard holds a dinner bell just before exiting the yard gate.

Andrew Jackson's Hermetage Plantation

My “recorded guide” spoke of the need for fencing to keep the farm animals out of the yard rather than a need for keeping pets in. 

Andrew Jackson and his wife first moved to the property many years before building the plantation house.  They lived in the left cabin of the two just visible in front of the treeline behind the slave cabin below.  Jackson’s wife preferred the cabin and stayed there more than not when the plantation home was first built.  She died just before Jackson won the Presidential election.

Andrew Jackson's Hermetage Plantation

Behind the slave quarters, there lies cleared acreage for growing crops for food.

Andrew Jackson's Hermetage Plantation

Cameras are not allowed inside the Hermitage, so I pulled a couple of pictures from their website.

The grand entry walls are covered with murals/  They were hand-painted in sections, delivered to the plantation, and then pasted on the walls much like wallpaper is today.  It’s not in long strips like our wallpaper today.  The paintings are in squares of about 2- to 3-foot pieces labeled for assembling together like puzzle pieces on the walls.

Andrew Jackson's Hermetage Plantation

As a side note above, remember the antique light fixture my friend purchased on our girl’s trip (Decorative Trip Treasures)?  It’s very similar to this one pictured above.  I’ll have to be sure she knows!

Of course, the dining hall is large and stately.  Interesting floors…wish I’d asked about it.  Is it painted wood or some sort of tiles, or what?  Rooms are viewed from barricades at doorways, so there’s no way to enter.

Andrew Jackson's Hermetage Plantation

If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend taking this tour.  You’ll learn some interesting (and some highly personal) information about our 7th president (known as the people’s president) and his family.

The back side of the house looks very stately.  The only telltale sign is the wooden cover to the cellar.

Andrew Jackson's Hermetage Plantation

Those massive columns look like a front!  I’d take it as a front to my house.  Would you?

Have you toured the Hermitage?

Blessings~

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  1. says

    Kim, what beautiful gardens at the Hermitage…so lush, for sure. I have never been and I am not sure why, we go to Nashville several times a year. Now I absolutely must make that tour! Thanks for including me today as we walked through the garden!
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    • says

      Pam, I know you will love it! I have two more things to share that I think you’ll want to do while you’re in Nashville. You’ll see the posts about them soon. 🙂

  2. says

    Our good friend grew up at the Hermitage, as his father was the caretaker. He has many many fond memories of such a place to grew up in. Thanks for sharing. You drove right past our exit enroute to Nashville, next time we’ll have to plan a get together even if it’s only a few minutes.
    Thanks for sharing part of your lovely trip.

    • says

      I’ll bet your friend had a dream of a childhood. I’d love to hear some of his stories about the place. We actually took a different route this time…through north Alabama. Who knows, though. Maybe next time, we’ll go your direction. It would be great to get together! 🙂

  3. Peggy H. says

    Kim,
    Thank you for the pictures! What a lovely estate and I know you enjoyed seeing your children again!