Episode 50: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage with Howard J. Kittell

logo.pngAndrew Jackson’s Hermitage is a historical plantation and museum located in Davidson County, Tennessee, United States, 10 miles (16 km) east of downtown Nashville. The plantation was owned by Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States, from 1804 until his death at the Hermitage in 1845. Jackson only lived at the property occasionally until he retired from public life in 1837. Enslaved men, women, and children, numbering nine at the plantation’s purchase in 1804 and 110 at Jackson’s death, worked at the Hermitage and were principally involved in growing cotton, its major cash crop. It is a National Historic Landmark.

The non-profit Andrew Jackson Foundation originally named the Ladies Hermitage Association, operates the Hermitage daily. Their aim is to increase the public’s understanding of the complex life and times of Andrew Jackson, to discuss their relationship to events of today, and to inspire citizenship and pride in our nation. The Andrew Jackson Foundation endeavors to accomplish this through preservation, interpretation, exhibition, education, research, and publication.

The mission of the Andrew Jackson Foundation is to preserve the home place of Andrew Jackson, to create learning opportunities, and to inspire citizenship through experiencing the life and unique impact of Jackson.


Howard J. Kittell is president and CEO of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage in Nashville. He has held this position since November 2008. Home of our nation’s 7th president, The Hermitage is a National Historic Landmark that consists of the 1,120-acre property, 27 buildings including the renowned Hermitage Mansion, Jackson’s Tomb, gardens, slave quarters and extensive collections. It is operated by a staff of 105 employees. A Michigan native, Kittell received a degree in Urban Planning from Michigan State University and did graduate work in architectural history and historic preservation at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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