Upon his arrival to Nashville last week, one of President Donald J. Trump's first stops was at President Andrew Jackson's home, The Hermitage. Some 400 invitees and friends and supporters of The Hermitage were on hand as the president paid respect at Jackson's gravesite and toured the mansion.
A number of Wilson County residents attended the event as part of the 250th anniversary celebration of Jackson's birth on March 15, 1767. The Hermitage will host several events throughout 2017 as they celebrate the occasion. Those attending from Wilson County included Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto and his wife, Paula, State Rep. Susan Lynn, State Rep. Mark Pody, CedarStone Bank President Bob McDonald and his wife, Susan. McDonald also serves as vice-regent of the Board of Trust of the Andrew Jackson Foundation.
The Tennessee General Assembly has for many years been a very important and special supporter of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. Over the course of many years, legislation has been passed that resulted in The Hermitage receiving financial support from the state for important maintenance issues at the historic mansion.
"The Andrew Jackson Foundation has been the beneficiary for many years of financial support of the Tennessee General Assembly, and our local delegation, made of Mark Pody, Mae Beavers and Susan Lynn, have played a key role in that support as they have embraced this effort in the ongoing preservation of this historic landmark," McDonald said on behalf of the Board of Trust of the Andrew Jackson Foundation.
Also in attendance were Andrew Jackson VI and his wife, Janet. Jackson is the great-great-great-grandson of President Jackson and serves as a general sessions judge in Knox County. He and his family are also great supporters of The Hermitage and are very proud of their heritage, regularly attending many activities and events at the historic mansion.