When I was about ten years old, my family – father, mother, little sister, and I – my father’s company transferred him from the oil fields of West Texas to the Nashville, Tennessee, area. After we’d stayed for about a month in a hotel near the airport, our home in rural Davidson County was finally ready to move into. The town of Hermitage lies about twelve miles east of downtown Nashville and is named after the historical plantation owned by Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States.
A registered U.S. National Historical Landmark, The Hermitage and its grounds were probably the seeds for my lifelong interest in American history and the South. The original mansion was a two-story Federal-style building completed between 1819 and 1821. A chimney fire in 1834 seriously damaged the house, prompting Jackson to have the current 13-room Greek Revival structure built on the same foundation as the earlier house. The grounds also include gardens, cemetery, a smokehouse, and three log slave cabins which date to the early nineteenth century. The mansion is the most accurately preserved early presidential home in the United States and receives more than a quarter million visitors each year.
In a sort of commemoration of my upcoming 50th birthday this December, I’ve started thinking about creating an collection called “My Life in Stamps and Postcards”. This vintage linen postcard, obtained via eBay, is one of the first items I’ve purchased towards this project, along with a couple of the stamps issued portraying The Hermitage.