The Andrew Jackson Centre, also known as the Andrew Jackson Cottage, is the ancestral home of Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States. It is located in the village of Boneybefore in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The centre consists of a refurbished traditional thatched Ulster–Scots farmhouse, which is known to have been built in the 1750s and was home to Andrew Jackson's parents shortly before they emigrated to South Carolina in the United States. The interior of the farmhouse is effectively a small museum, consisting of original rooms decorated in the style of that period and featuring an extensive display on the life of Andrew Jackson.
Located less than a mile from the Town Centre, off the Larne Road, the Andrew Jackson Cottage is a traditional thatched Ulster-Scots farmhouse built in 1750's. This cottage is one of about twelve cottages built in this style when there was an influx of lowland Scots people into S.E. Antrim. This cottage was built by the Donaldson family and lived in by them until 1979 when it was sold to Carrickfergus Borough Council. It has been restored to its original state including an open fireplace with a daub and wattle canopy and hanging crane. The original Jackson cottage was demolished in 1860 to make way for the railway. The interior has been decorated as a traditional cottage with a dresser, sponge wear crockery and iron pots and griddles. The centre has an impressive exhibition on the life and career of Andrew Jackson (1767- 1845) 7th President of the United States of America whose parents emigrated from here in 1765.
Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) was an American soldier and statesman who served as the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837 and was the founder of the Democratic Party. Before being elected to the presidency, Jackson served in Congress and gained fame as a general in the United States Army. As president, Jackson sought to advance the rights of the "common man" against what he saw as a "corrupt aristocracy" and to preserve the Union. Jackson was born in 1767 somewhere near the unmarked border between North and South Carolina, into a recently immigrated Scots-Irish farming family. During the American Revolutionary War, Jackson acted as a courier. At age 13, he was captured and mistreated by the British. He moved to Tennessee and practiced as a lawyer. In 1791, he married Rachel Donelson Robards. The couple later learned that Rachel's previous husband had failed to finalize their divorce, forcing them to remarry in 1794. Jackson served briefly in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Upon returning to Tennessee, he was appointed a judge on the Tennessee Supreme Court, serving from 1798 until 1804.
In 1801, Jackson was appointed colonel in the Tennessee militia, and was elected its commander the following year. He built the Hermitage plantation in 1804. In 1806, he killed a man in a duel over a matter of honor regarding his wife. He led Tennessee militia and U.S. Army regulars during the Creek War of 1813-1814, winning a major victory at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Jackson won a decisive victory in the War of 1812 over the British army at the Battle of New Orleans, making him into a national hero. Because Spanish Florida was a refuge for blacks escaping slavery, who allied with the Seminole Indians, Jackson invaded the territory in 1816 to destroy the Negro Fort. He led a second invasion in 1818, as part of the First Seminole War, resulting in the Adams–Onís Treaty of 1819 and the transfer of Florida from Spain to the United States. Jackson briefly served as Florida's first Territorial Governor in 1821.
In the grounds of the cottage is the US Rangers Centre, a museum dedicated to the men of the first battalions of the elite American Army Unit the US Rangers that was first 'activated' in Carrickfergus in 1942. The display includes documents, uniforms and photographs and other material detailing this famous combat unit. Parking is available and there are toilets available. The site is wheelchair accessible, although some of the floors are uneven. There is a tearoom onsite. Guided tours are available. Assistance dogs are welcome. There is a delightful recreation of the formal Jacobean Knot Garden of the former Joymount Palace nearby in Carrickfergus.
Location : Andrew Jackson Cottage and US Rangers Centre, Boneybefore, Carrickfergus, County Antrim BT38 7EQ
Transport: Downshire (National) then 10 minutes or bus. Bus Routes : 163, 163b, 263a, 365b, 563 and 568 stop closeby
Opening Times : May to October - Thursday to Saturday, November to April - Friday, Saturday, 11:00 to 17:00
Tickets : Free
Tel: 028 9335 8222