In 1804, Andrew Jackson had purchased the property, that the Hermitage Home would eventually be built on, from a plantation owner in Davidson County, Tennessee. The Hermitage Home was built for Andrew Jackson’s wife Rachel Donelson Jackson in 1819. During his time as the property owner, Andrew Jackson had well over a hundred enslaved children, men and women working to cultivate and to pick cotton on his plantation lands.
The Hermitage Home remained under the Jackson family until 1887, when Ladies’ Heritage Association obtained ownership. Andrew and Rachel Jackson are both buried on the site.
More information about the Hermitage Home may be found from Sarah Mitchell’s page. Sarah Mitchell was born in Pittslyvania County, Virginia the same county that Rachel Donselson Jackson had been born in.