by Taylor Speer-Sims
Join old house-obsessed, Southern transplant Taylor Speer-Sims as she bounces around the heart of Dixie scoping out the biggest & most beautiful Great Southern Estates!
Welcome to the kick-off of my new column, which will take you on a whirlwind tour through some of my favorite big, old houses down here in the South! Being originally from the North, southern houses seem to grasp my romantic imagination perhaps a little bit more than their northern counterparts. Is there, in fact, a type of romanticism surrounding the ideal image of the columned, two-story home set on a hill overlooking acres and acres of farmland? I say: absolutely!
For my first article, I am going to introduce you to The Hermitage, built c. 1835-36. It was formerly the home of President Andrew Jackson, in Hermitage, Tennessee. I work here one day each week, so I get to go behind-the-scenes of the home of one of the most famous Presidents in American history! Interestingly, it was the second house in the Nation to be set-aside as a house museum, after George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon. Unbelievable, no?