This should probably be titled as "What I Wish I'd Known Before I Visited The Hermitage." In researching for this article, I found things that you probably don't even think about in going into this historical home. You assume that most of the things in the home are probably reproductions, but in reality most are original items actually owned and used by the Jackson family. Because of this, it is the most accurately maintained early Presidential home in the United States.
While there is no way to cover every item in the Hermitage home here, We have noted things to look for when taking the tour, and hope that this will encourage you to do some reading on President and Mrs. Jackson.
The front drive up to the Hermitage has been closed to through traffic today. But look closely at the driveway leading up to the Hermitage Mansion and you will see the guitar-shaped driveway, lined with trees. It is believed to have been commissioned by Sarah York Jackson (the President's daughter-in-law) because of her love of the guitar. Her original guitar is in the parlor in the home. The tornado in 1998, destroyed many of the trees lining the drive, but a policy agreement by the Ladies Hermitage Association in 1910 vows to replace any cedars lost among the driveway in order to maintain the guitar shape.
We have broken down our walking tour of the Hermitage into five separate sections covering everything that encompasses the home and grounds of President Andrew Jackson ranging from Rachel's Garden to Uncle Alfred's Cabin- enjoy your tour!