Andrew Jackson State Park. 196 Andrew Jackson Park Road Lancaster, SC 29720 Park Hours Mon-Sun: 8am-6pm (Summer) Mon-Sun: 9am-9pm. The Andrew Jackson Museum.
196 Andrew Jackson Park Road
Lancaster, SC 29720
(Summer) Mon-Sun: 9am-9pm
An external view of the Andrew Jackson Museum. Behind the museum, a small stockade reminds visitors of the formative influence shrubbery played in President Jackson’s life.
Having moved to the Waxhaws in the 1760s, the Jackson’s set up a stake in a wooden cabin very much like this one. Presumably, Andrew Jackson himself slept in an uncomfortable wooden bed not unlike the one pictured on the left. As Serta did not exist in the 18th century, most people were left quite ornery when they woke up in the mornings, which probably explains more about Andrew Jackson’s future career path than just about anything else.
A small medicine cabinet, probably filled with quinine and other Oregon Trail medicines, stands perched above a washbowl. In the 18th century, people were much dirtier than today, and they considered splashing their face with water sufficient hygiene. Notice the authentic use of wood and ceramic in these replicas.
In the foreground, a table is being prepared for dinner. Note the Black & Decker ceramic mortar and pestles. Also, bread. I can identify bread.
Beneath the musket and powder horn, the mantle holds replicas of Andrew Jackson’s Presidential China.
This display shows some of the tools used to turn flax and fleece into linen and wool. To the left, a pair of clipping sheers. To the right, a wall mounted brillow pad. So, Mr. Unrefined Flax, you want to be a linen?
Before Thomas Edison invented the Wal-Mart, people needed to use their own ingenuity to make things. When Andrew Jackson was a boy, people used elaborate wooden contraptions similar to this to turn a certain thing (flax, fleece, ink) into a certain other thing (linens, wool, Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban).
Perhaps you thought Iraq was the first American war for control of a valuable resource. However, our nation was born in the midst of a war for control of the stamps and tea. Although just a boy, and despite actually preferring coffee, really, Andrew Jackson joined the fight for liberty, democracy, and black oolong. This display provides the visitor with all the information he needs to effectively carry out an insurgency!
Mom always said to wear clean briefs, because you never know when you might get hit by grape shot. Even in times of war, there is no excuse not to look professional. Pictured on the right are a British soldier’s Fauntleroy Dress Reds and a colonist’s Rustic Rebellion Fatigues, both from Milan’s famous 1778 Winter of Our Discontent line.
Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! A close up of a colonist’s battle gear. Note the powder horn, the decorative hatchet, and the Louis Vuitton pouch.
On the grounds of the State Park stands a model 18th century one-room schoolhouse. Behind the school, a small herb garden that played a pivotal roll in Jackson’s boyhood narcotics trade.
The interior of the schoolhouse as it would have looked in the 18th century. Notice the authentic furniture! (Please ignore the clearly modern photographs in the top right)
Could this have been Andrew Jackson’s seat?
This statue of a 17 year old Andrew Jackson was made by famous sculptor Anna Huntington. She was 90 when she completed this piece, and kept asking how Mr. President liked his statue, and did I know she’d voted for him in ‘20, ‘24, and again in ‘28.
This plaque dedicates the statue to the children of South Carolina, who had been especially good boys and girls that year. Still, they would have preferred a Playstation.