Though the actual birthplace of Andrew Jackson is disputed, we do know that he grew up in the Waxhaws region, which is on the NC – SC border. The Andrew Jackson State Park is located in South Carolina at the house where Jackson lived as a boy and where he may or may not have been born. An onsite museum has Jackson artifacts and exhibits.
Andrew Jackson was born at a tragic and rather inconvenient time. His father had died three weeks earlier, and his mother had to travel to bury him in North Carolina. The North Carolina camp claims Jackson’s mother didn’t make it back to South Carolina in time and gave birth at her sister’s house. The South Carolina camp maintains that she had Jackson at their home there. Jackson said he was born in South Carolina, but a good number of people think he may have fudged a little for political reasons. Whatever the case, visitors to the Andrew Jackson State Park can at least be assured that Jackson lived here during his Revolutionary War-era youth. The area at the time was pretty primitive and the characters were a bit rough.
At the state park, there are a variety of things for Jackson enthusiasts to see. There’s an Andrew Jackson museum with information about his early life and the Waxhaw region. There is also information about the Revolutionary War. A historic orchard and herb garden and an old schoolhouse are also part of the grounds. In addition to self-guided tours, the facility puts on historical programming, including a celebration of Andrew Jackson in March around his birthday. You can also see a statute depicting Jackson and a marker on his – possible – birthplace.
196 Andrew Jackson Park Rd, Lancaster, SC 29720
Saturday & Sunday 1 – 5 pm., M-F by appointment
Adults/$2 15 & Younger/Free
Greenville … 2 Hrs
Columbia … 1 Hr
Charleston … 2 Hrs 45 Mins
Atlanta … 4 Hrs