Days on the Farm and Heritage Days
Frequently Asked Questions

What are Days on the Farm and Heritage Days?
Days on the Farm and Heritage Days are special living history field trips, with over twenty demonstrations that give students an idea of 19th century life.

What type of demonstrations will we see?
Typically, Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln make a visit. There are also demonstrations such as blacksmithing, candle making, clothes washing, 19th century music, pottery, basket making, and so much more! We also usually have a few farm animals on site.

Will we get to tour the historic house?
Yes! Due to the high volume of visitors during these field trips and based on feedback from teachers and parents in the past, the house tour is different than a regular tour. It is a first floor only tour to reduce damage to the staircases and upper floor of the house. There is a continuous line of visitors rotating through the house. This decreases time spent waiting in line to view the house and allow visitors more time to experience demonstrations. There will be volunteers inside the house to answer questions and we also provide a map with information. We ask that you do not stay in any one room more than a minute so as not to back up the line. Each school group will have an assigned time to view the house. If anyone in your group would like a full tour of the house, we encourage them to come back and visit us!

Will the museum be open during this event?
Yes! Please make sure to walk through the museum to view our award-winning exhibits and the film Sam Davis: His Life, Legend, and Legacy in our elegant theatre.

How long does the event last?
It begins at 9:00 a.m. and runs until 1:00 p.m.

What is the cost?
Admission is $5.00 per person.

How should I pay if I’m a parent chaperone and am coming separately from the school?
Please pay upon arrival and have the correct amount of cash ready.

Where do chaperones park?
Anyone not coming by bus will enter at the farm gate (east of the main stone entrance). There will be signs and volunteers directing you to the back field for parking.

Where will buses drop of/pick up students?
Buses will drop of and pick up students at the front of the historic house. Please be aware of your school’s arrival and departure times.

Where do buses park?
Bus Drivers enter through the main stone gate and will have the option to park on or off site.

On Site: Park along the tree-lined drive in designated parking spaces.

Off Site: The old CVS parking lot on the corner of Sam Davis Rd. and Nissan Dr. Park in spaces further away from the store.

Can we eat lunch on the grounds?
Of course! We encourage everyone to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds while you’re here. There are several picnic tables and open areas for blankets.

Will there be souvenirs available for purchase?
Yes! You may purchase souvenirs in the Visitor Center gift shop or the Creek House gift shop. Please make sure your children are aware of sales tax when making purchases in the Visitor Center gift shop. The Creek House gift shop will only have our most popular items for sale and prices for those items will include tax.

I’ve experienced long lines in the past when attempting to purchase items from the gift shop, will that be an issue this year?
Unfortunately, we only have one register available to use for credit/debit sales. All other cash/check sales must be documented in order to be manually recorded in the system at the end of the day. We have attempted to ease this frustration by adding a second gift shop location with our most popular souvenirs. We want your experience to be pleasant and we appreciate your patience with our staff and volunteers as they try to ring you up as quickly as possible. We encourage you to bring cash for souvenir purchases.

Will there be snacks and drinks available for purchase?
Yes! There will be a concessions table on the veranda just outside of the visitor center gift shop.

Where can I find a map with a list of all the demonstrations?
Maps are available on our website or through the teacher that booked the field trip.

Is there specific order for viewing the demonstrations?
There is no specific order for viewing demonstrations. You are welcome to visit each station in the order you chose. However, we do recommend that school groups break off into smaller groups with chaperones to visit different stations at different times. By doing so, demonstrators are not overwhelmed by too many students and students can enjoy the presentation or craft without feeling crowded. 

Will there be hands-on activities?
Yes! We have several hands-on activities for students. We typically have two to three take-home crafts such as hanky dolls or thaumatropes. Many of our demonstrations allow students to participate such 19th century toys and games, butter churning, washing, and Civil War Soldier drills.


Have a question not answered here? Give us a call at 615-459-2341 or email education@samdavishome.org.


The Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation is a Nonprofit Site Governed by the Sam Davis Memorial Association


      

The Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation
1399 Sam Davis Road
Smyrna, TN 37167

615-459-2341
director@samdavishome.org

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