The Hermitage#12 in Best Things To Do in Nashville
Constructed in 1821 for President Andrew Jackson, this Greek Revival mansion now stands as a National Historic Landmark and a preserved window into the president's home life. Most of us may be familiar with Jackson from his role in the War of 1812, his stint as president and his appearance on the $20 bill, but a tour of the 1,000-acre estate provides a more up-close-and-personal look. Along the guided tour you'll see the main house, the kitchen, an original log cabin, Jackson's tomb and the Old Hermitage Church. Another popular exhibit tells the story of the 150 slaves that worked on the grounds from 1804 to 1865.Travelers said the tour of the property was educational, engaging and informative, adding it's well worth the entry fee.
Since much of the tour is spent outside, recent visitors recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing for the weather. Located about 12 miles east of downtown, The Hermitage is open daily Oct. 16 to March 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15 to Oct. 15. Admission ranges from $10 for children ages 6 to 12 to $20 for adults. Children ages 5 and younger are granted free admission. For more information, consult The Hermitage's website.
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While many people come to Nashville to soak up the history of country music at the city's museums, others prefer enjoying the tunes in person. The best way to do that is to stop in to the many bars that line Broadway, downtown Nashville's main thoroughfare. Lower Broadway is nicknamed "Honky Tonk Highway" because of the numerous establishments that host live acts daily. What's more, there's no cover charge, so you can bar hop as you please.
While all the bars host live music acts, each venue has a distinct atmosphere that makes it stand out from other honky-tonks along Broadway. Some of the most popular bars include:
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