Andrew Jackson's Hermitage to be Dedicated as Arboretum on National Tree Day, May 16

WHAT: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage has been certified as a Level III Arboretum by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC) and will be dedicated with a special ceremony on National Tree Day, Monday, May 16.

The Hermitage is comprised of 1,120 acres of largely green spaces with forest areas and fields interspersed with trees. The Hermitage Arboretum is home to nearly 100 different species of trees, including two Davidson County Champion American Holly trees, six nearly 200-year-old cedars that line the mansion carriage drive, 19 different species of oak trees and, of course, five different species of hickory for “Old Hickory,” Andrew Jackson’s nickname.

The dedication will feature Josiah Lockard, president of the TUFC; Michael Davie, coordinator of TUFC’s statewide arboreta; and Howard J. Kittell, president and CEO of the Andrew Jackson Foundation. Following the dedication, tours of the arboretum will take place.

WHEN: 10 a.m., Monday, May 16, 2022

WHERE: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

4580 Rachel’s Lane

Hermitage, TN 37076

ADDITIONAL: Admission for the arboretum dedication and arboretum tour on Monday, May 16 is free.

Visitors can download the new arboretum map to find out more information about each tree that is included. Grounds Passes are the perfect way to see the arboretum, giving ticketholders full access to the 1,120-acre site.

Rachel’s Garden Fund and a grant from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee provided funding to establish The Hermitage Arboretum. New guided arboretum tours will launch to the public this summer.