Celebrate Halloween at the Hermitage during October

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 18, 2016 at 6:00 PM

NASHVILLE – Locals and fall visitors who want to be spooked in October have multiple opportunities to do so this month at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. 

Throughout the month, the presidential home will hold evening ghost tours, and the Hermitage will play host to its 16th annual Hauntings at the Hermitage on Saturday.

Ghost tours at the Hermitage are an option for those who aren’t afraid of a good ghost story. Led by an experienced guide, the 90-minute tour of the mansion and Jackson’s tomb provides guests with a uniquely spooky look at the home of the seventh president. Ghost tours are scheduled for Fridays in October and Oct. 28–31 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 21 and Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and may be purchased online at thehermitage.com. Private ghost tours are available for groups of 15 or more.

On Saturday, the Hermitage will hold its 16th annual Hauntings at the Hermitage. The evening event will feature a variety of fun and family friendly activities for ghouls and goblins of all ages.

“Hauntings is one of the Hermitage’s oldest events and one of our favorite community traditions,” said Howard Kittell, president and CEO of the Hermitage. “The Hermitage is a much different experience after sundown. The historic mansion and grounds are the perfect setting for families to enjoy the thrills of Halloween.”

Activities from 4-7 p.m. are suitable for children of all ages, while activities between 7-10 p.m. are geared toward those 13 and older.

Activities will include an evening tour of the historic mansion, haunted hayride, trick-or-treating stations, spooky storytellers, movies on the lawn – visitors are welcome to bring chairs and blankets, potion-making, American Heritage chocolate to present “the history of chocolate,” fortunetelling, kids’ cabin crafts and games, ghosts in the Jackson family cemetery, phrenology and vacant chair photography.

 Tickets may be purchased online and are $7 for children 4-12 and $13 for adults. The event will take place rain or shine. Visit thehermitage.com for more information.

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage 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. Located 12 miles northeast of downtown Nashville, 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 impact of the seventh president on the history of the United States. Admission is free for active duty military and all veterans. For more information, visit thehermitage.com.

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