This was the residence of the 7th president of the United States, Andrew Jackson (he was president from 1829 – 1837).
He served at a unique time in our nation’s history, which was after the founding fathers had mostly passed away and before the tumultuous time of the Civil War. Andrew Jackson became famous during the War of 1812 due to his victory over the British at the Battle of New Orleans.
His home in Tennessee, called The Hermitage, is about 10 miles east of downtown Nashville. The sights include his mansion home, gardens, tomb and outlying buildings in addition to an excellent visitors center.
Plan on at least a couple hours to take in everything. The guides giving tours of the home are dressed in period costume.
Stones River National Battlefield
This Civil War site is located in Murfreesboro, about 35 miles south of Nashville. A total of 81,000 troops engaged in this battle starting on New Year’s Eve in 1862. Defending and controlling the Middle Tennessee (as it was called) was critical for the Union war strategy, and Murfreesboro in particular was important due to its location along the railroad line and “pike” (highway), which provided vital supply lines for the Union troops in their push from Nashville towards the heart of the Confederacy.
President Lincoln desperately needed a victory to bolster the morale of the Union troops (as well as the northern citizens), and although victory came at a heavy price, the Union forces won the day. There were 13,249 Union casualties and 10,266 Confederate, with over 3,000 dead.
The Battlefield is free of charge, has a good visitors center and is well sign posted. Your tour can be done as a long walk around to the various points of interest or via car.
Part of the Battlefield is located across a very busy highway and railroad track (the same ones the Union troops were seeking to control) and you’ll need your car to get over to this other section. There are some other sites in this area we did not have time to visit including Evergreen Cemetery (Confederate) and remnants of Fortress Rosecrans, built after the battle of Stones River.