Gov. Bill Haslam is scheduled to serve as keynote speaker Thursday, March 15, during the 245th birthday celebration of President Andrew Jackson at The Hermitage, located near Nashville.
Children enjoy a visit at The Hermitage, located near Nashville, Tenn. (Photo courtesy of The Hermitage)
The celebration will begin at 10 a.m., with the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at Jackson’s tomb. As part of the celebration, The Hermitage is offering attendees half-price admission to the grounds from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
A military honor guard will place a wreath from President Barack Obama on Jackson’s tomb in honor of his service to the nation. In addition, Andrew Jackson VI, the three times great-grandson of Jackson, will make comments and sign autographs for kids later in the afternoon. Immediately following the ceremony, birthday cake will be offered to attendees.
The Hermitage, Jackson’s home, is one of the largest and most visited presidential residences in the United States. In 1856, Tennessee purchased the property from the Jackson family, entrusting it to the Ladies’ Hermitage Association in 1889 to operate as one of America’s first historic site museums. Today, The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with over 30 historic buildings, including restored slave cabins.
The celebration will also feature children’s activities, which will include “Survivor: The War of 1812” game in the Education Building. For this activity, children will play the part of an important figure of the war and visit stations to make decisions based on circumstances Jackson would have encountered.
Costumed living historians will also be on site as well to conduct military demonstrations throughout the day. These activities will complement the on-site wagon tours and audio tours for adults and children.
At 2 p.m., historian Tom Kanon from the Tennessee State Library and Archives, will discuss “Tennessee and the Declaration of the War of 1812” in the Andrew Jackson Center.
His lecture is designed to underscore the theme of this year’s birthday celebration that focuses on the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812, as well as complement a series of events taking place in Nashville this spring to begin the anniversary commemorations.
For more information about the celebration, visit thehermitage.com.