At Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, we’re always finding ways to bring history to life and create memorable experiences for our guests. When you visit The Hermitage with your family, in addition to experiencing the seventh U.S. president’s home and touring our interactive exhibit, you can have many fun outdoor learning experiences and enjoy nature at our 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark.
Check out our summer lineup below, and when you come, remember to ask about our kids’ audio tours and membership perks and discounts. Attendees who purchase the children’s audio tour enjoy the tour with President Jackson’s pet parrot Poll as their guide with sounds of dancing, farm animals, music and more.
Homeschool Days offer interactive learning opportunities, and the theme of our May 31 Homeschool Day is “Smell, Touch and Taste the Hermitage Garden.” Young attendees can engage their senses as they explore our beautiful gardens and learn about the culinary, medicinal and beautiful uses of plants. Student attendees can try recipes, make medicines, do laundry and cultivate flowers and vegetables. Additionally, students will get to explore a garden typical of the enslaved community and learn more about what the enslaved community’s nutrition and culture were like.
Our June Family Fun Day’s theme is Sports and Games! The day, June 15, will fall on Father’s Day weekend, and we’re inviting families to come play the vintage version of baseball with our home team, the Cumberlanders, as they scrimmage in the orchard field. Afterward, we’ll fly kites, and children will have the opportunity to make their own custom kites and race them across the back lawn. Anthony the Balloon Kid will be on-site making fun balloon creations, and we’ll have old-fashioned lawn games, including a three-legged race and rolling hoops.
In July, we’ll be hosting young adventurers for Pirate Camp, a weeklong camp exploring all things pirate life – from secret identities and codes to navigating waterways and mock battles. From July 8–12, camp attendees will learn about the roles of privateers in helping Andrew Jackson and his militia win the pivotal Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812.
The Dog Days series continues on the last Saturday of the month May through November, and in addition to the kids, you can bring your canine family members when the historic grounds and nature trails are open to families and dogs. Be sure to check out our $8 grounds pass to walk the grounds, hike the trails and enjoy the preserved natural surroundings and historic 19th-century buildings. We’ll also have a $15 combo ticket for an exclusive 60-minute Hounds Hike the Hermitage Tour with a surprise Hermitage team member. While on this tour, you’ll hear stories of The Hermitage community and explore the outer edges of the property, including untouched fields and enslaved quarters sites.
Ann Dee Jones
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Andrew Jackson Foundation | Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage