The Hermitage estate spans 1,120 acres (450 ha), which includes the original 1,050-acre (420 ha) tract of Jackson's plantation. The Hermitage itself was built in a quiet, seclude meadow chosen by Jackson's wife, Rachel and began life as a log cabin, which then developed into the beautiful home it is today. The first brick mansion was originally built in the Federal style, however, was severely damaged by a fire in 1834, and was rebuilt in the current Greek Revival style it is today. The 13-room mansion features distinct architectural details of this style, such as porticos with Corinthian and Doric columns, single fenestration windows, balconies with simple square balusters. The interior of the mansion features exquisite detailing and décor, including a grand elliptical cantilevered staircase with a mahogany handrail, Italian marble mantels, and crystal chandeliers.
The Hermitage mansion and grounds tell their own story Jackson's initial purchase of the estate and the building of the first log cabin on the site to the destruction and subsequent restoration of the mansion after a devastating fire. Each of rooms in the Hermitage mansion has their own tale from the story of slavery and how the Jacksons and their enslaved laborers lived closely together to life after the Civil War when the slaves were freed, and The Hermitage converted from plantation to farm.
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