Hello! On day five of our Spring Vacation we visited Nashville, Tennessee and boy did we cram a lot into one day! Today's post is just about what we did in the morning. One of our goals on our vacation, was to tour a plantation. There were three estates/mansions/plantations in the Nashville area open for tourists: the Carnton Plantation, the Belle Meade Estate, and The Hermitage. Since we were only in the Nashville area for two days, we could only go to one, so we chose The Hermitage because it was presidential.
We arrived at The Hermitage on a beautiful spring morning before the place even opened. The temperatures were in the sixties. Up to now, we had spent so much time in urban environments, it was nice to be back in the country again. The grounds of this estate are absolutely GORGEOUS: filled with flowering trees, lush green lawns, flowers, horses and wildlife.
After paying an admission fee of $27.00, we then received a head set (second time on this vacation I wore a head set!), and set off for the tour. Just like Graceland, when you reach a display area, you just type in the number in the display and you hear a story. There is also a short movie you watch telling you all about the history of President Jackson and his beautiful home.
Prior to entering the grounds, there were many displays/artifacts to learn about the people who lived on The Hermitage and it's history. What I liked to hear most was all the personal stories: specifically the beautiful, amazing, and even scandalous love story between President Jackson and his wife. You don't learn those things in American History classes! There was even a display of mannequins that were the exact physical proportions of the couple: Mr. Jackson was a bean pole: he was 6 ft 1 and weighed only 145 pounds! That's what I weigh, and I'm only 5 ft 7! And his wife Rachael was the exact opposite, she only came to his chest and was quite rotund. In fact, her mannequin gave her quite the belly, even though she was never able to conceive a child.
After learning some brief history of The Hermitage, we then entered the grounds. Again, there are stops all over the estate where you type in a number and hear a story. Here is a front view of this gorgeous home:
The most wonderful story I heard about President Jackson was how he hung a picture of his late wife above the fireplace in his bedroom, so that her face would be the last thing he saw before he went to sleep, and the first thing he saw when he woke up. How romantic!
There was a gorgeous little brook running through the property. There I am pictured below in front of the running water. The building behind me was their well. It was quite a long walk from the well to the mansion, I can't even imagine walking that distance with pails of water every day.
We really enjoyed our time at The Hermitage, and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the Nashville area.
Have a great day! Amy