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State to grant The Hermitage ownership of Andrew Jackson’s previously owned land. Land previously owned by U.S. president was sold to state, private owners from 1856–1858

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For the first time since 1856, the vast majority of the land U.S. President Andrew Jackson owned at the time of his death will be under one ownership, that of the Andrew Jackson Foundation.The Board of Trustees of the Andrew Jackson Foundation held its regularly scheduled fall meeting on Friday, October 26 on the grounds of The Hermitage. At the conclusion of the meeting, Governor Bill Haslam joined the board for an historic event.

The State of Tennessee has owned approximately 460 acres of land formerly owned by Andrew Jackson. Governor Haslam delivered to current Regent Bob McDonald and Frances Spradley, immediate past Regent, a quitclaim deed, transferring owner ship of the property to the Andrew Jackson Foundation.

In addressing Governor Haslam, Bob McDonald, president and CEO of Lebanon based CedarStone Bank, expressed appreciation to the governor and committed to preserving the legacy and protecting the land of Andrew Jackson with the same determination as the state. “Thank you for placing trust in the foundation with the gift of this land, and we know that with that trust comes responsibility. We take this responsibility very seriously and we will protect the land and legacy of Andrew Jackson with great diligence,” McDonald said. He continued, “just as your predecessors, you will be forever remembered and revered for your action today”.

Governor Haslam’s action is consistent with that of other Tennessee governors in the protection of Andrew Jackson’s land and mansion. Upon the death of Andrew Jackson in 1845, his son lived in the property until 1856, at which time he decided to sell the plantation to pay off debts. He sold half the land to a private party and the mansion and the other half of the land to the State of Tennessee. Governor Andrew Johnson had the vision of purchasing the property to preserve Jackson’s land and legacy. In 1972, Governor Winfield Dunn purchased the other half of the land from a private party to keep it from commercial development. In 1991, Governor Ned McWherter deeded the mansion and half the land to the Ladies’ Hermitage Association, now the Andrew Jackson Foundation. And now with his action, Governor Haslam has deeded the remaining half of the land.

“Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is one of the best preserved and most visited presidential homes in the country. We are grateful to Governor Haslam and his administration for their support of this national landmark,” Andrew Jackson Foundation President and CEO Howard J. Kittell said. “The land transfer is much more than a symbolic gesture. It is confidence in the Foundation’s stewardship of these historic lands into the distant future. It will be a great benefit to the visitor experience in years to come. We are excited about what lies ahead for this remarkable site of our nation’s history.”

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President is one of the largest, most well preserved and most visited presidential homes in the United States. Opened to the public in 1889, The Hermitage is one of America’s first presidential museums. Today, The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with 27 historic buildings, including Jackson’s mansion and tomb, restored slave cabins, a church, and gardens. In recent years, new interpretive initiatives and educational programs such as on the history of slavery have enhanced the experience of the 228,157 visitors in FY 2018. For more information, visit www.thehermitage.com.

McGavock High School Student of the Month: August 2018

CSB SOTM Oct 18 Online

Since 2006, CedarStone Bank and McGavock High School have teamed up to recognize students who meet and exceed their school responsibilities, and who distinguish themselves as good citizens and students in our community.

 Recently CedarStone Bank presented “Student of the Month for August 2018” honors to Fontesheia Lewis. The staff of the Donelson Office participated in the presentation.

 Seated left to right, first row is: Norene Hubbeling, Ashlynn Sheppard, Honoree Fontesheia Lewis, Willie McDonald and back row is, Robert McDonald and Mariciel Torrella.

Former White House Correspondent Anne Compton Speaks At The Spring Outing

Anne Compton with Bob McDonald at Andrew Jacksons HermitagePictured from left is former White House Correspondent Anne Compton, CedarStone Bank President & CEO Bob McDonald, and Mrs. Susan McDonald 

On Wednesday, May 16th, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage hosted its 118th annual Spring Outing. Light lunch and champagne were served to the 400 guests in attendance including Bob McDonald, Vice Regent of The Andrew Jackson Foundation. The featured keynote speaker was former ABC White House correspondent Anne Compton, a broadcasting veteran and the first woman assigned to cover the White House on a full time basis by a network television news organization.

“Anne did a terrific job as she shared stories of her 40+ year career of reporting on the White House. Our guests found her to be very engaging and she really enjoyed her time with us. The Spring Outing is an important event as it serves to bring special awareness to Andrew Jackson, his home, and his legacy.” 

- Bob McDonald, President & CEO of CedarStone Bank

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Compton captivated the audience with her stories of covering administrations dating back to President Gerald Ford, and brought awareness to the Andrew Jackson Foundation. The foundation, which teaches American history in classrooms, on site, and through web conferences across the nation, continues its outstanding preservation of The Hermitage, a National Historic Landmark.

 

 

Tracy Brown: 2017-18 Wilson County Teacher of the Year

Tracy Brown 2017-18 Wilson County Teacher of the Year Tracy Brown 2017-18 Wilson County Teacher of the Year Pictured from left is Mrs. Susan McDonald, CedarStone Bank President & CEO Bob McDonald. ESL Teacher Tracy Brown & W.P. Bone, III of Wilson County

For 20 years now, CedarStone Bank has been proud to co-sponsor the Wilson County Teacher of the Year celebration and to support education in Wilson County. Tracy Brown, an English as a Second Language Teacher at Mt. Juliet Elementary School, was recognized alongside 31 of her colleagues for their excellence in teaching. Congratulations to everyone involved!

 

The Closing of Andrew Jackson’s 250th Birthday Anniversary

The Closing of Andrew Jacksons 250th Birthday AnniversaryPictured from left is Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage President & CEO Howard Kittell, The Honorable Andrew Jackson, VI of Knox County General Sessions Court Division IV, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia Clark, Assistant Adjutant General-Air Tennessee National Guard Colonel Jason W. Glass, and Vice Regent of the Board of Trust of the Andrew Jackson Foundation & CedarStone Bank President & CEO Bob McDonald.

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage completed its yearlong celebration of Jackson’s 250th birthday and marked the beginning of the 251st anniversary of the president’s birth with a number of events and special offers.

“Jackson’s birthday celebration is always a special time for us at The Hermitage,” said Howard J. Kittell, President and CEO of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. “From President Trump’s visit last March to former first lady Laura Bush’s speaking at last year’s Spring Outing, Jackson’s 250th birthday year was a monumental one for The Hermitage. I look forward to seeing what the president’s 251st birthday year brings.”

“One of the things that makes me most proud about The Hermitage’s work is how we’ve continued to find engaging ways to educate visitors about Jackson and his story,” said Bob McDonald, Vice Regent of the Board of Trust of the Andrew Jackson Foundation. “The Hermitage is an important landmark and critical piece of Tennessee’s history. Events like the birthday celebration are some of my favorites because they give visitors a fun and exciting opportunity to explore Jackson’s home and learn about his life.”

Black History Month Memorial Service Held At The Hermitage

Black History Month Memorial Service Held At The HermitagePictured from left is guest speaker Nicole A. Moore of the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage President & CEO Howard Kittell, and Vice Regent of the Board of Trust of the Andrew Jackson Foundation & CedarStone Bank President & CEO Bob McDonald.

As part of the presidential home’s Black History Month commemoration, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage held its annual memorial service to commemorate the enslaved people who had been at The Hermitage and adjacent plantations prior to the Civil War. Approximately 80 people attended the event to pay their respects and lay flowers tagged with the names of the 150 people who had been enslaved at The Hermitage.

“We are trying to tell the Site’s story as accurately and as fully as we can to properly educate visitors. Telling the stories of the individuals enslaved at The Hermitage is a vital element when it comes to accuracy of The Hermitage’s story. Due to the interest level demonstrated by this event’s attendance and the nature of importance, we look forward to providing more programs of this kind,” said Bob McDonald, Andrew Jackson Foundation Vice-Regent.

CedarStone Bank co-sponsors event hosting Fox News Personality Brian Kilmeade

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CedarStone Bank co-sponsored an event Sunday, January 7 with Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage in hosting FOX News Personality Brian Kilmeade, co-author of "Andrew Jackson, and the Miracle of the Battle of New Orleans."

b2ap3 medium brian kilmeade book signing at CedarStone bank 2The meet and greet book signing was held at the Lebanon Main Office of CedarStone Bank. Kilmeade co-authored, "Andrew Jackson, and the Miracle of New Orleans", an Amazon number one best seller. The book is an indepth look at the Battle of New Orleans as Andrew Jackson convinces President Madison and his War Department of the importance of winning the battle against British forces.

Guests included friends, customers, shareholders of CedarStone Bank, local dignitaries and friends and patrons of The Hermitage, Home of Andrew Jackson. CedarStone Bank supports events as well as the vision of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage and considers the mansion a special and unique historical site in the market the bank serves.

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CedarStone Bank closing for One Hour for Solar Eclipse

CedarStone Bank Closes For 1 Hour For Solar Eclipse

CedarStone Bank plans on the bank closing this coming Monday for one hour so that employees and customers may enjoy the upcoming solar eclipse.

“We will lock our doors from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in preparation for the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21,” explained John B. Bryan, CedarStone Bank VP and Director of Marketing.

The bank has a limited supply of eclipse eyewear and official “CedarStone Bank Eclipse” tee-shirts available for customers. The souvenir items will be available to bank customers on a first come, first served basis.

“We thought it would be a neat idea to give our customers a memento of the total solar eclipse. These things don’t happen very often and we believe our customers and employees will enjoy this brief moment in history,” Bryan added.

Bank operations will resume immediately at 2 p.m. and will close at regular business hours on that day.

Wilson County Residents Attend Hermitage Event

Wilson County Residents Attend Hermitage Event

Photo Caption (above) -  A number of Wilson County residents attended President Donald J. Trump’s visit to historic Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage, last Wednesday. Those pictured are from left, Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto and wife Paula, State Rep. Susan Lynn, Andrew Jackson, VI, General Sessions Judge, Knox County (great-great- great-grandson of Pres. Andrew Jackson) and his wife, Janet, State Rep. Mark Pody,  Susan McDonald and her husband Bob McDonald, CedarStone Bank President and Vice-Regent of the Board of Trust of the Andrew Jackson Foundation.

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 to Jackson’s grave site and toured the mansion of the 7th President of the United States.

A number of Wilson County residents attended the event as part of the 250th anniversary celebration of Jackson’s birth (March 15, 1767). The Hermitage will be hosting several events throughout 2017 as they celebrate this momentous occasion. Those attending from Wilson County included Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto and 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 of the historic mansion.

“The Andrew Jackson foundation has been the beneficially 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,” commented McDonald 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 a General Sessions Judge in Knox County, Tennessee. Judge Jackson and his family are also great supporters of the Hermitage and are very proud of their heritage. They regularly attend many activities and events at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage.