On Wednesday, May 15, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage hosted its 119th annual Spring Outing. The event is a wonderful tradition and opportunity to visit the grounds of The Hermitage. Light lunch and champagne were served to the guests in attendance. This year’s keynote speaker was Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey and former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under former President George W. Bush.
Bob McDonald, President & CEO of CedarStone Bank, Regent of The Andrew Jackson Foundation and Master of Ceremonies for the luncheon remarked, “We had over 350 people in attendance whose support enables us to accomplish our goals of preserving the legacy of Andrew Jackson, our country’s 7th President and Battle of New Orleans war hero.”
Pictured from right is CedarStone Bank President & CEO Bob McDonald, Former Governor Christine Todd Whitman, & Mrs. Susan McDonald.
On Friday, March 15, 2019, Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage celebrated Andrew Jackson’s 252nd birthday including a wreath-laying ceremony at Jackson’s tomb and a two-day War of 1812 military encampment of the grounds of the home of the nation’s 7th president. The wreath laying was led by Master of Ceremonies Bob McDonald, President & CEO of CedarStone Bank, who serves as Regent of The Andrew Jackson Foundation. McDonald remarked,
“All the events were very educational, interesting and enjoyable. The wreath laying ceremony is always special as we remember Andrew Jackson and his contributions to our great nation and state.”
Keynote speakers Maj. Gen. Jeffrey H. Holmes and Judge Andrew Jackson VI assisted with the wreath-laying ceremony at Jackson’s tomb. Jackson VI pointed out Andrew Jackson’s long list of credentials of being a lawyer, judge, working in the District Attorney’s office, being a congressman, senator, governor, general and finally the 7th President of the United States.
Joking that he is a lawyer, has worked in the District Attorney’s office, and is now a sitting judge, Jackson VI has three of his late relative’s titles under his belt with only five left to go. McDonald quipped that we have faith he can accomplish the next five, but has a lot of work left to do. The events was an informative reminder of Andrew Jackson and his family’s great contributions to Tennessee and the United States.
Photo Credits (left to right): CedarStone Bank President & CEO Bob McDonald, Mrs. Susan McDonald, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey H. Holmes, Mrs. Rhonda Holmes, and Judge Andrew Jackson VI.
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.
Pictured 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
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.
Pictured 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.”
Pictured 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-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.”
The 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.
Above – News Clip with Fox News Personality Brian Kilmeade’
Brian Kilmeade (born May 7, 1964) is a Fox News television personality. Weekdays, he co-hosts Fox’s morning show, “Fox & Friends”, along with Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt. He has written several fiction and nonfiction books, and hosts the Fox News Radio program Kilmeade and Friends. (More information available at briankilmeade.com)
CedarStone Bank was founded in early 2003 as a diverse group of local business leaders came together to form a community bank that would be known for returning the simple basics of banking to the customers it would serve. The bank officially opened in April 2004 and currently offers full service banking with offices located in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Donelson. Bob McDonald serves as President and C.E.O. of the bank as well as Vice-Regent on the Andrew Jackson Foundation Board of Trust.
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.
Congressman Phil Roe (Johnson City) was the keynote speaker Sunday, Jan. 8 as Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage celebrated the 202nd anniversary of “The Battle of New Orleans.” The Andrew Jackson Foundation hosted the annual gathering as part of a day-long remembrance of “The Battle of New Orleans”, the last major engagement of The War of 1812.
From left above: Howard Kittell, President & CEO of the Andrew Jackson Foundation, United States Congressman Phil Roe, Susan and Bob McDonald. McDonald serves as Vice-Regent of the Andrew Jackson Foundation.
Pictured Above Left to Right: Bob McDonald, CedarStone President and Andrew Jackson Foundation Trustee; Howard J. Kittell, Andrew Jackson Foundation President and CEO; and Willie McDonald, CedarStone Relationship Manager and former Andrew Jackson Foundation Trustee
Each month CedarStone Bank “simply salutes” an influential leader in Middle Tennessee. This month the bank is proud to recognize The Hermitage.
The Hermitage is a historical plantation, museum, and garden located in Davidson County, Tennessee, 10 miles east of downtown Nashville. The plantation was owned by Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States, from 1804 until his death at the Hermitage in 1845.
The original structure of The Hermitage mansion was a brick, Federal-style house constructed between 1819 and 1821 by skilled carpenters and masons from the local area. Though this design was typical of plantation dwellings for aspiring gentlemen farmers in the Upper South it was already beginning to lose favor in more fashionable Eastern areas.
Today, the site covers 1,120 acres, which includes the original 1,050-acre tract of Jackson’s plantation. It is overseen and managed by The Andrew Jackson Foundation, formerly called the Ladies’ Hermitage Association. Howard J. Kittell, who has a long and distinguished career in historic preservation, has served as President and CEO of The Hermitage and the Andrew Jackson Foundation since 2008.
The Hermitage is your local treasure; a house so unique it has been named a National Historic Landmark. It is a beautiful place near home to stroll under the shade of its leafy trees, view collections and exhibitions that bring the past to life, and attend many educational programs and events. The Hermitage is a special resource that helps define our idea of who we are as Middle Tennesseans.
CedarStone Bank salutes The Hermitage, The Andrew Jackson Foundation, and its dedicated staff in their efforts to preserve the history of Middle Tennessee!