Archaeology and Interpretation at The Hermitage

Author(s): Marsha A. Mullin

Year: 2018


Archaeology has contributed to interpretation at The Hermitage in a variety of ways but two benefits particularly stand out: First, by increasing our knowledge about Andrew Jackson’s enslaved workers and their built environment, topics with very few written records.  This has allowed us to interpret a large part of the historic site and more aspects of the plantation where previously, the Hermitage mansion dominated the interpretation program.  Secondly, the archaeology program gave us the tools to begin to talk about slavery in general and at The Hermitage in particular.  Beginning with Sam Smith’s work in the 1970s and on through Larry McKee’s work, especially its public aspects, visitors and staff alike found ways to discuss this previously hidden topic.   This paper will examine both aspects of the archaeology program’s influence on interpretation and public programs at The Hermitage.  

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Archaeology and Interpretation at The Hermitage. Marsha A. Mullin. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441925)


Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 268