The Hermitage

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Settled by Nathaniel Hays in 1780, Hays sold the farm to Andrew Jackson in 1804 for $3,400. Jackson built the Federal-style, two-story brick home around 1820. He came back here after his U.S. presidency term ended in 1837, and died here June 8, 1845. The property fell into disrepair until 1889, when the Ladies’ Hermitage Association (LHA) took on the project to restore it. Some of the ladies spent the night here and were awakened by the sounds of pots, pans and dishes being thrown in the kitchen, heavy chains being dragged across the front porch, and someone riding a horse up and down the stairs. Apparitions and voices also have been heard here. The Hermitage has been open to the public as a museum since 1889.

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4580 Rachel's Lane
Nashville, TN 37076
United States

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36.21500143919243, -86.61291410450747
Davidson County, Tennessee
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  1. I took my son to Tulip Grove about 15 years ago. Tulip Grove was owned by Rachel Donelson Jackson’s nephew, who was Jackson’s secretary. It is close to the Hermitage. There is a church on the grounds with an old cemetery. He kept asking me who the boy was that was hiding behind the tombstones. He said he was in knee pants and had blonde hair.

  2. My husband and I visited the Hermitage around a year ago. While touring the kitchen or cooking quarters I felt a cold chill and something brushed the back of my neck

  3. Jusy outside the property in tje neighborhood on Andrew Jackson Pky, Albany Dr to be exact, several residents have heard furniture moving, seen a confederate soldier in their house and yards. One resident call the police because she thought it was a prowler. This street backs up to the Hermitage property behind the confederate graveyard

  4. Watching the duel, I heard whispers in my ear. During the house tour, I felt and heard little kids laughing, the sounds of a party going on in the entryway of the house. I felt someone holding my hand as I went down the stairs.

  5. I took a tour with a school class 15 yrs ago. I took pictures from the outer kitchen doorway. I did not go in or see anything unusual.
    Later when looking at the photos. You could see translucent people dancing above the table. They did say the parties were held in the kitchen. I no longer have the camera or computer that had the picture.

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