Abandonment and Preservation

Abandonment and Preservation (HMZEZ)

Location: Nashville, TN 37076 Davidson County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 13.014', W 86° 36.657'

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Stories Lost, Then Found Again

In the years after Andrew Jackson's death, the Jackson's financial situation changed for the worse. The log farmhouse/slave cabin slowly fell into ruin. In 1889, the state of Tennessee entrusted the property to the Ladies' Hermitage Association. They immediately restored the one-story remains of the farmhouse as a monument to Andrew Jackson. Because the history of this building as a slave cabin went untold, visitors to The Hermitage for many years mistakenly believed that the Jackson lived in a crude one-story frontier log cabin.

Since the early 1970's, historical and archaeological research on the farmhouse has revealed a wealth of new information. This information tells much about the enslaved African Americans who lived here, as well as the appearance of the house during Jackson's residency. This research guided the restoration of the buildings to the period after 1821 when the enslaved occupied both buildings. Although restored as slave cabins, we now tell both stories-that of Andrew Jackson's life here, and that of his enslaved workers.
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 3:08am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 534967 N 4008076
Decimal Degrees36.21690000, -86.61095000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 13.014', W 86° 36.657'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 13' 0.84" N, 86° 36' 39.42" W
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Area Code(s)615
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4580 Rachels Ln, Nashville TN 37076, US
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