Homeschool takeover, patriotic tribute planned at the Hermitage

Staff Reports • Updated Nov 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Hundreds of home-schoolers from across the nation will take over Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage on Friday and Saturday as the presidential home holds two events specifically for home-schooled students and their families. 

In addition, a patriotic tribute to past and present members of the U.S. military will take place at the Hermitage throughout Veterans Day weekend. 

On Friday, home-schooled students will have the opportunity to experience a class at the home of the seventh president during Hermitage Homeschool Day. On Saturday, home-schooled student-athletes will participate in the first race held at the Hermitage during the inaugural 2016 Homeschool Cross Country National Championship. 

On Friday, the Hermitage will offer a school program to home-schooled students during Hermitage Homeschool Day. Hermitage Homeschool Days allow home-schoolers to attend a class with other home-schooled students at the historic home of the seventh president while learning about the life and legacy of Andrew Jackson.

 One of the last Homeschool Days offered during 2016, the Friday class will focus on the Trail of Tears. The class will allow students to examine the political and social influences that contributed toward the mass removal of Native Americans from the South in the 1830s as well as discuss Jackson’s involvement in the event.

“The Hermitage is proud to offer a wealth of engaging education programs to students in K–12, and our Homeschool Days are a wonderful opportunity for home-schooled students to experience a class at the Hermitage the same way a child enrolled in a public or private school would,” said Erin Adams, director of education and interpretation at the Hermitage.

The class begins at 10:30 a.m. and is designed for students in fourth through 12th grades. The cost to register is $9 per student, $7 for nonparticipating children and $16 per adult. Children under 5 are free. The final day to register is Thursday. To find out more about Homeschool Days and to register, visit thehermitage.com.

On Saturday, the Hermitage will hold the inaugural 2016 Homeschool Cross Country National Championship races. This is the first time the presidential home has held a race on its historic grounds. More than 600 home-schooled student-athletes and supporters from 14 states are expected to attend the unprecedented event. Tennessee Heat Sports will organize the race to give home-schooled athletes whose states don’t allow home-school teams to participate in postseason sporting activities the opportunity to experience a postseason championship event.

The first race will begin at 9 a.m. There is no fee for spectators. From Friday through Sunday, the Hermitage will offer special discounts to home-schooled student-athletes and their families. For more information, contact Jay Tippens at jtippens@deloitte.com.

Also, throughout Veterans Day weekend, 1,000 American flags will cover Victory Field at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage as a part of a Field of Honor display to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served or are now serving in the U.S. military.   

The event will be the Hermitage’s inaugural Field of Honor organized in conjunction with the Donelson-Hermitage Exchange Club and the Colonial Flag Foundation.

“Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is the first presidential site to hold a Field of Honor, and we look forward to honoring veterans and bringing a flag display to the home of a former U.S. military general and president,” said Sawn Swenson, national director of the Colonial Flag Foundation.

The display will be free to the public, and flags may be sponsored for $30. After the closing ceremony, sponsors will be able to take their flags to their homes or businesses to fly proudly.

All proceeds will go toward child abuse prevention efforts and other Donelson-Hermitage Exchange Club projects benefiting the community and country. For more information on sponsorship levels, visit thehermitage.com or healingfield.org.

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President is one of the largest and most visited presidential homes in the United States. Opened as a museum in 1889, it is one of the nation’s oldest presidential sites, drawing more than 192,000 visitors each year. The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre national historic landmark with 27 restored buildings, 12 dating to Jackson’s ownership, including his 1836 mansion and tomb, slave cabins, garden and the church he had constructed for his beloved wife, Rachel. In the Andrew Jackson Visitor Center, guests can experience Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm, a new interactive exhibit about the life and profound impact of our seventh president on the history of the United States. Admission is free for active duty military and half-price for all veterans. For more information, visit thehermitage.com.


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