Nashville Day 2 Part 1
On every trip we take, Kelly appeases the nerd in me by coming along on some history related adventure. This trip was no different. We got up on the second day of our trip, made coffee and headed out to The Hermitage, home of the 7th President, Andrew Jackson. Do I need to insert some brief history here? The teacher in me can’t resist. Jackson was the first president to be considered a self-made man. He was born in poverty to a single mom, his father died while she was pregnant with him. He was a British prisoner during the Revolution when he was just 13 years old. He was a fighter, a gambler, and a known hothead. He killed a man in a duel and was the first president to survive an assassination attempt, where instead, he attacked his would-be assassin. He was also a proponent of the common man controlling the government and Indian removal. My students love learning about Jackson because there are so many good stories you can tell about him.
The Hermitage did not disappoint. It is run very similarly to Mount Vernon, Washington’s home. The house was very well maintained, the staff is knowledgeable and unlike Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, you can take pictures. It gets busy, so if you go, go early so you do not have to wait too long for the mansion tour. I also recommend watching the short video about his life in the visitor’s center. It will give you a stronger appreciation of who he was as a man and as the president. We also were able to attend a short demonstration on dueling, since he was known for being involved in several. I have been teaching US History for more than 15 years, and I still walked away feeling like I had learned something new.
#20 Visit a historical home….check