The First Hermitage

The First Hermitage (HMZE4)

Location: Nashville, TN 37076 Davidson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 13.014', W 86° 36.695'

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Worlds Apart, Side by Side

These log buildings tell a remarkable American story unlike any other. From 1804 to 1821, as a two-story farmhouse and kitchen outbuilding, the First Hermitage housed future United States President Andrew Jackson and his family. Here, Jackson lived out, and became a symbol of, the American Dream—the belief that anyone can rise to great success.

After Jackson moved to his new brick mansion in 1821, he reconfigured his old log farmhouse to a one-story slave cabin. Until the Civil War, these buildings sheltered some of Jackson's enslaved workers—a group of people for whom freedom remained a dream deferred. Today, these unassuming buildings stand as a symbolic reminder of the conflict between democracy and slavery that continues to haunt our understanding of American life and culture.

As you explore the First Hermitage, you'll find the interwoven story of two American experiences. Within the shadow of Andrew Jackson's life in these buildings, also exists the very different story of the many enslaved African Americans who lived and toiled here. Look carefully.
HM NumberHMZE4
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 3:41am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 534911 N 4008076
Decimal Degrees36.21690000, -86.61158333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 13.014', W 86° 36.695'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 13' 0.84" N, 86° 36' 41.70" 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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