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Trump to visit Hermitage for Jackson's birthday

Staff Reports • Mar 13, 2017 at 9:04 PM

NASHVILLE – President Donald J. Trump will tour Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage on Wednesday as part of his first official visit to Tennessee. 

While there, he will participate in a private ceremony to the 250th birthday of the seventh president.

He will be the 14th president to visit the home of Andrew Jackson and the first since Ronald Reagan participated in the birthday commemoration ceremony 35 years ago in 1982. Just as Lyndon B. Johnson did in 1967, Trump will lay a wreath on Jackson’s tomb as part of the annual birthday ceremony.

“We’re pleased that the president has an interest in Andrew Jackson,” said Howard J. Kittell, president and CEO of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. “The Hermitage is the best place to learn Jackson’s story. We’re looking forward to showing the president and his staff around.”

The president will visit the Hermitage in the late afternoon prior to attending a rally planned for Wednesday evening in downtown Nashville.

The grounds at the Hermitage will be closed to the public for the president’s visit and will reopen Thursday with half-off admission. Tickets and tours purchased for Wednesday will be redeemed for admission Thursday, and tour groups can reschedule by contacting the Hermitage with another preferred date.

On Thursday, The Hermitage invites the public to celebrate Jackson’s 250th birthday and participate in Jackson Education Day. Daylong activities include hickory pole racing, chocolate sampling and birthday cake.

The Tennessee National Guard will perform a concert at noon, and there will also be a book-signing event with Judge Andrew Jackson VI at 1 p.m., a 19th century steeplechase hosted by the Tennessee Equine Hospital and a presentation from the Tennessee Militiamen of the War of 1812.  

A present-day “Andrew Jackson” and some of his presidential peers will talk to students and chaperones throughout the day and participate in An Evening With Five Presidents.

On Friday and Saturday, more than 150 costumed interpreters will recreate a military encampment from the War of 1812, and the weeklong celebration will conclude with a War of 1812 Campfire Tour – a lantern tour of a recreated War of 1812 militia encampment.

To see the full lineup of Andrew Jackson’s 250th birthday celebration events and to buy tickets, visit thehermitage.com/andrew-jacksons-250th-birthday-celebration.

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