Andrew Jackson's 247th Birthday Extravaganza
President Andrew Jackson's 247th Birthday Celebration
March 15, 2014
1/2 price admission all day
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Every year on March 15th, we pause to remember the birthday and accomplishments of Andrew Jackson- the orphaned son of Irish immigrants who grew up to become a Tennessee pioneer and one of America’s foremost military heroes, political leaders, and seventh president of the United States. This year we are honored to have with us Senator Bob Corker as the keynote speaker.
Two hundred and forty-seven years ago, Andrew Jackson was born in South Carolina. While he spent his youth in the Carolinas, Tennessee was his adopted home. In 1804, Jackson purchased the farm near Nashville that he would name “The Hermitage” and call home for the rest of his life. He was buried here in 1845.
Schedule of Events
9:00—Site opens! Families pick up a Birthday Card and enjoy the activities! Wagon Tours available; Audio/Multimedia Tours available
9:08--On the :08 and :38 of the hour, the Orientation Film is shown, until 4:38
9:30—Marsha Mullin and Ashley Bouknight, "Andrew Jackson in Ten", Andrew Jackson Center Board Room
11:00—Wreath-Laying Ceremony, Garden. Keynote speaker: Senator Bob Corker
12:00—Cake Reception, Café *while supplies last
1:00—Andrew Jackson, VI Bill Signing, Museum Store
2:00—Myers Brown, "Andrew Jackson and the Revolutionary War in the Southern Backcountry", Cabin by the Spring
“I Spy the Past”—Held at First Hermitage. Families can try their hand at choosing the right tool for the right task. This gives families a chance to look at life on the plantation before it was successful, with a stately mansion.
Spring Planting—Visitors can experience spring planting at the Hermitage by planting an herb or flower. The Master Gardeners of Davidson County will be on hand to answer questions about gardening.
Music of Jackson’s Era— Paul and Kim Caudell will perform the pre-ceremony music, but will remain on site to perform music brought to the US by Irish immigrants like Jackson’s parents.
“I have the Honor to be”—Brian Allison presents tools and techniques of writing the proper letter in Andrew Jackson’s day. Visitors may try their hand at various writing implements.
Meet the Jacksons!—Across the property. Andrew and Rachel Jackson will be on hand to accept birthday congratulations from well-wishers.
The Hermitage Birthday Card!—Families with children will retrieve a “Birthday Card” from the AJC Breezeway and complete five activities to receive a prize. The kids must participate in all five activities described above.
Cake Reception—Birthday cake and hot drinks will be served, free of charge, in the Hermitage Café while supplies last, beginning at noon.
9:30—Marsha Mullin and Ashley Bouknight will discuss "Andrew Jackson in Ten."
1:00—Judge Andrew Jackson, VI autographs copies of novelty $20 bills in the Museum Store. This is an annual tradition carried on for many years.
2:00—Myers Brown, Archivist at the TN State Library & Archives, will speak at the Cabin by the Spring on “Andrew Jackson: The Revolutionary War and the Southern Backcountry.” The program explores how the Revolutionary War left Jackson with a deep-seated distrust and anger of the British and how it provided Jackson with the necessary background to be successfully elected to the position of Major General in the Tennessee Militia.