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Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage will play host to its annual Battle of New Orleans commemoration Jan. 8 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The event will pay tribute to the American victory during the War of 1812, also known as the battle that catapulted Gen. Andrew Jackson to national fame. Grounds passes to the site will be free to the public with a wreath-laying ceremony at 11 a.m. 

“The Battle of New Orleans commemoration is always a special day at the Hermitage,” said Howard J. Kittell, president and CEO of the Andrew Jackson Foundation. “While this year's celebration looks a little different than it has in previous years due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are certainly looking forward to having an entire day dedicated to the leadership of Gen. Andrew Jackson in a hard-fought battle."

Visitors can witness the annual wreath laying at Jackson’s tomb, featuring the Tennessee National Guard and National Society United States Daughters of 1812. Following the presentation of colors and a brief program, wreaths will be laid on the tomb to honor both Jackson and his wife, Rachel.

The grounds pass allows visitors access to 1,120 acres of history and tranquility –perfect for learning more about Jackson and the site while remaining safely distanced. Included will be the audio tour, historic garden, field quarters, historical markers, wildlife, hiking trail, historic buildings, not including the Hermitage mansion, and more.

The general's tour, which includes a tour of the Hermitage mansion, is available to buy Jan. 8, as well as tickets to both the “In Their Footsteps: Lives of the Hermitage Enslaved” tour and the VIP tour.

Visitors unable to attend the Battle of New Orleans can take advantage of the Hermitage’s two for $21 general's tour ticket deal throughout January.

For more information about the Battle of New Orleans, visit thehermitage.com or follow Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage on Facebook, Instagram @7thpresident and Twitter @7thpresident.

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President is one of the largest, most well-preserved and most visited presidential homes in the United States. Opened to the public in 1889, the Hermitage is one of America’s first presidential museums. The Hermitage is currently a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with more than 20 historic buildings, including Jackson’s mansion and tomb, restored slave cabins, a church and gardens. In recent years, new interpretive initiatives and educational programs such as the history of slavery have enhanced the experience of more than 230,000 annual visitors. For more information, visit thehermitage.com.

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