The history of the Hermitage as a residence for the Jackson family spans many generations. President Jackson and his wife, Rachel, settled on this property in 1804, where their heirs remained for the next eight decades. While stories of the family are well documented, it is equally as important to remember the stories of the over 150 enslaved African Americans who made significant contributions to the Hermitage plantation and the Jackson family. Through oral histories, genealogy research, and documents, we are able to trace the lives of several families of the Hermitage enslaved community from slavery to freedom.
To share this history and reach a broader range of audiences, I curated an exhibit and developed a walking tour of the property to chronicle the lives of the enslaved community at the Hermitage.