Historic Markers Across Tennessee

The War Road

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Location: on the path between the Visitors Center and The Hermitage Mansion at the Hermitage historical site, 4580 Rachels Lane, Hermitage, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 12.831    W 086° 36.775
  36.21385    -86.61291666
Waymark: None


In 1915, The Ladies' Hermitage Association planted this double line of trees to serve as the border for a new entryway intended for visitors arriving by automobile. Each tree came from a battlefield where Andrew Jackson fought, such as the Plain of Chalmette near New Orleans and Horseshoe Bend and Talladega in Alabama. For this reason, the LHA originally named the drive the “War Path” but over the years it has become known as the “War Road.” The tree species include, sugar maple, willow oak, black cherry, sweet gum, and cedar.


More information:
The Hermitage, The Home of President Andrew Jackson
Wikipedia: Andrew Jackson
The White House: Andrew Jackson
Wikipedia: Slavery