The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, is one of the largest and most often visited presidential museums in the United States. From 1804 until his death in 1845, Andrew Jackson called The Hermitage his home: the log farmhouse from 1804 to1821 and the brick mansion from 1821 to 1845.
The State of Tennessee purchased the property from the Jackson family in 1855. Since 1889 the Ladies' Hermitage Association has cared for the property as a historic site museum on behalf of the State of Tennessee. Today The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark property with museum, recreational, and farming activities
Due to the Association's efforts, almost all of the mansion's contents are original. A national model for authenticity, conservation, and preservation, the Hermitage mansion recently underwent an award-winning, $2.5 million interior restoration, making this dwelling one of the most accurately preserved early presidential homes in the country.
The Hermitage is currently completing the First Hermitage Restoration, an innovative $1.2 million Save America's Treasures and Restore America project that will restore two original slave cabins. In the past couple of years, to enhance the visitor's experience to The Hermitage, new programs have been developed in preservation, archaeology, gardens and grounds, education, and the history of slavery. Nashville's first Smithsonian Institution Affiliate Museum, The Hermitage draws nearly 200,000 visitors, including 33,000 schoolchildren, each year from around the world.