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.
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.
There were loads of flowers everywhere we turned.
I won’t even attempt to name them all.
Many of them are common varieties.
Some you might have in your own yard, too.
The surrounding lawns are well manicured, of course.
One word was constantly on my mind… l u s h .
Every color under the sun is represented – along with lots of pretty white fencing.
The pathways lead to the family cemetery.
The back yard holds a dinner bell just before exiting the yard gate.
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.
Behind the slave quarters, there lies cleared acreage for growing crops for food.
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.
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.
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.
Those massive columns look like a front! I’d take it as a front to my house. Would you?
Have you toured the Hermitage?