The Work Yard

The Work Yard (HMZDS)

Location: Nashville, TN 37076 Davidson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 12.93', W 86° 36.775'

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The World Behind the Mansion

The stately trees and park-like grounds of today's Hermitage bear scant resemblance to the working plantation of Andrew Jackson's time. As the farm developed, trees were cleared to make room for fields and pastures.

By the time the first photographs of The Hermitage were taken after the Civil War, few trees remained on the landscape.

In Andrew Jackson's day, the yard behind the mansion hummed with activity and contained a mismatched assortment of log, frame, and brick buildings. These structures include slave housing, poultry houses, and workrooms, as well as wood stacks and animal pens. The backyard area closest to the mansion was fenced. It is likely that access to this area was limited to the enslaved who actually worked in the kitchen or mansion. The Jackson's did not trust the slaves, and so located the smokehouse and icehouse, where valuable food was stored, within the backyard fence for greater security.

A great deal of work, such as butchering, chicken plucking, candle and soap making, and laundry took place outdoors. Poultry and hogs roamed freely. The area was muddy when wet and dusty when dry. It was noisy, messy, and above all else, a working landscape.
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Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 7:33pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 534791 N 4007920
Decimal Degrees36.21550000, -86.61291667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 12.93', W 86° 36.775'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 12' 55.80" N, 86° 36' 46.50" W
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Area Code(s)615
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4580 Rachels Ln, Nashville TN 37076, US
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