A home for Jackson's Slaves

A home for Jackson's Slaves (HMZF0)

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

N 36° 13.013', W 86° 36.663'

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Andrew Jackson arrived at the Hermitage in 1804 with nine slaves. By 1821, that number had risen to fifty. In 1823, Jackson brought another thirty enslaved African American here from his recently sold Alabama plantation.

Faced with pressing need for additional slave housing, he built several new cabins and converted his long farmhouse into a one-story slave cabin. Over the next thirty years, Jackson's slave population continued to grow, peaking to 150.

When Jackson retired from the Presidency in 1837, he returned home to face debts accumulated by his son. After Jackson died in 1845, Andrew Jackson Jr. encountered continued money woes that eventually forced him to sell off slaves and land. In 1856, he sold The Hermitage to the State of Tennessee and moved his family and all but a few of his slaves to a farm in Mississippi.

Shortly before the Civil War, the Mississippi farm failed and the Jackson's returned to The Hermitage as tenants. After the war, the Jackson family stayed at The Hermitage while only a few former slaves remained as paid employees.
HM NumberHMZF0
Placed ByThe Hermitage
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 5:43pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 534958 N 4008074
Decimal Degrees36.21688333, -86.61105000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 13.013', W 86° 36.663'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 13' 0.78" N, 86° 36' 39.78" 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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