The Hermitage hosts 1st annual fall festival - WKRN News 2

The Hermitage hosts 1st annual fall festival

Posted: Updated: Oct 6, 2013 12:20 AM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

This weekend the home of President Andrew Jackson has been transformed for the first Fall Fest at The Hermitage.

"This has turned out to be a huge event," event co-chair and artist Phil Ponder told Nashville's News 2.

Music, food, art and history filled the grounds of The Hermitage with more than 100 vendors from 14 states.

From medal sculptures and pottery, artists set up shop from all over the country, but the spotlight really shined on cardboard boxes.

"The Stacked Box Community Mural Project is the idea of artist Myles Maillie. The concept is very simple, paint 18 by 18 inch boxes. However we have decided to take it a step further and attempt to set or break a Guinness World Record," co-organizer of the community art project Sierra Barnett explained.

Schools, businesses and organizations from Middle Tennessee painted some 3,000 colorful boxes.  They are in display on the historic grounds.

"You know, the majority of people come here for history, to see and learn about Andrew Jackson. To see his family, his times, to see his beautiful home, but we want people to come here for other reasons as well and to have a community art event of this nature just helps us fill our mission of being a resource for Nashville," said President and CEO of The Hermitage, Howard Kittell.

The Fall Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 for those over the age of 11.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.

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