Wreath laying held at the Hermitage Garden

Wreath laying held at the Hermitage Garden

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:01 pm

  On Jan. 11, 2011 the 196th Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans observance was held with the Wreath Laying at Andrew and  Rachel’s tomb in the Hermitage Garden.

  The ceremony was held in the Visitors Center due to cold weather. The Tennessee Army National Guard Color Guard presented the posting of the colors. The welcome was given by Regent of the Ladies’ Hermitage Association, Mrs. Sarah Knestrick.  Our National Anthem was sung by Katie Rogers. The invocation was given by Rev. Jim Moran of the Hermitage Presbyterian Church.  

 Mrs. Knestrick then introduced Mayor Karl Dean who brought remarks about Andrew Jackson. President and CEO of the Hermitage, Mr. Howard Kittell introduced 2nd Vice President National, Aline Roberts, who spoke on the National Society United States Daughters of 1812. She told how the Society was founded by Flora Adams Darling on January 8, 1892 in New York City.

 Mr. Kittell gave closing remarks and asked those taking place in the ceremony at the grave to march over to the Andrew Jackson’s tomb for the “Placement of the Wreaths”.

Mayor Karl Dean and Mrs. Knestrick, Regent of the Ladies’ Hermitage Association,  laid the wreath on Andrew Jackson’s grave. Mrs. Aline Roberts and Mrs. Bettie Gustafson, laid the wreath on Rachel Jackson’s grave.

1812 Daughters attending were 2nd Vice President National, Aline Roberts; Curator National, Bettie Gustafson; Colleen Spears; Teresa Deathridge; Linda Munsur; and Olivia Chandler.

The 1812 Daughter’s enjoyed lunch in the Garden Gate Café and then purchased items in the Hermitage Museum Store.

Myers Brown, Curator of History at the TN State Museum, had 1812 displays and talked on “How Andrew Jackson Formed an Army and Saved a Nation” located in the Visitor Center.

The Daughters of 1812 then went to tour The Hermitage. The house is being restored and all the rooms looked lovely.

At 1 p.m. Patricia Brady of Louisiana, gave a lecture on her released biography entitled, “A Beauty So Gentle” the frontier love story of Rachel and Andrew Jackson.

Afterwards everyone went to the Museum Store to purchase one of the books and had

Mrs. Brady autograph edtheir book.

It was another cold snowy morning with afternoon sunshine and everyone attending had a very enjoyable day.  

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