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  • May 15, 2016 7:02 PM | Anonymous

    Register Now for Summer Soiree!

    UPDATE: The Soiree will now be held at Sharp Springs Natural Area in the Patti King O'Connor Pavilion E, located at 1000 Espey Drive in Smyrna, NOT at the Historic Sam Davis Home. 

  • February 08, 2016 11:03 AM | Anonymous

    To commemorate Black History Month, the Historic Sam Davis home will host two free talks on February 20th. The first will be at 11:00 am and the second will be at 1:00 pm. Since seating space is limited, we ask that you please pre-register for this event by clicking here.

    11:00am - The Life and Legacy of Sampson Keeble

    Born enslaved in Rutherford County in 1833, Sampson Keeble worked diligently to become Tennessee’s first African American legislator, serving in the 38th General Assembly (1873). His birthplace, Stoney Lonesome, was less than three miles away from the Sam Davis Home. During the Civil War, Sampson Keeble operated a printing press in Murfreesboro. In the Jim Crow era, he worked tirelessly to help African Americans secure rights. He started his career as a pressman, and within a few short years became one of the wealthiest African American men in Nashville while working as a barber, director of the Freedmen’s Savings and Trust Bank, and ground breaking state legislator.

    1:00pm - The Long Road: The Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee, 1860s-1960s

    The end of the Civil War brought enormous changes in America, but the fight was only beginning for some. This talk highlights the work of Ida B. Wells, the Highlander Folk School, the sit-in protests in Middle Tennessee, and the early African American legislators.

    Speaker: Ashley Layhew

    Ashley Layhew is a native Nashvillian. She is currently studying for her Master’s Degree in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in History at Tennessee State University. She currently works for the Tennessee State Museum.

  • February 01, 2016 12:39 PM | Anonymous

    School of The Soldier

    June 6-10, 2016
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each day.

    Your marching orders have arrived! Grab your haversack and canteen as you head off to join the ranks. Campers spend an active week complete with drills, crafts, campfire cooking, and spy games as they learn about the life of Civil War soldiers. Period dress is optional.

    Ages 7-14

    REGISTER NOW - Deadline to register: May 23, 2016

    Science of History

    June 20-24, 2016
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each day.

    Science of History focuses on the plantation's natural resources and features engaging, hands-on activities designed to inspire campers to take a closer look at the world around them. Campers will learn how science and history work hand in hand and may even get up close and personal with some local wildlife!

    Ages 7-14

    REGISTER NOW - Deadline to register: June 6, 2016

    Jane Davis Academy

    July 11-15, 2016
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each day.

    Campers will be instructed in the fine arts of 19th Century womanhood such as dress, sewing, dance, and much more. Period dress is optional.

    Ages 7-14

    REGISTER NOW - Deadline to Register: June 20, 2016

    For more information about all of our camps, please visit our Summer Camps Page. 

  • January 18, 2016 9:59 AM | Anonymous

    Spring is just around the corner and we are thrilled to begin our third season as home field for the Stewart's Creek Scouts Vintage Base Ball Team! The team's captain just released the 2016 schedule to us as listed below, so please mark your calendars and make plans to join us for these fun and free events! 

    • Sunday, April 3 - The Sam Davis Home Cup
    • Sunday, May 15 - Scouts vs Phoenix
      Scouts vs Spring Hill Quicksteps
    • Sunday, July 24 - Scouts vs Emmett Machinists
      Knoxville Holstons vs Nashville Maroons
    • Sunday, August 21 - Scouts vs Nashville Maroons
      Travelers of Brentwood vs Phoenix of East Nashville
    • Sunday, October 2 - Autumn Classic with TBD

    See you there! 

  • November 13, 2015 11:12 AM | Anonymous
    SDMA Board Recieves Grant from State of Tennessee

    Senator Bill Ketron and Representative Mike Sparks presented a grant in the sum of $9,300 to the Historic Sam Davis Home Thursday, November 12 to be used for the restoration of several historic structure roofs.

    Director Debbie Shaw accepted the check on the site’s behalf.

    “We are so thankful for the State of Tennessee’s support in our endeavors to restore and maintain this vital piece of Tennessee History,” Shaw said.

    “We’ve been very fortunate to have had constant and unfaltering support from the city of Smyrna, Rutherford County, and the State of Tennessee,” she continued.

    “Without their support, the Historic Sam Davis Home would not be able to provide the educational programs, community events, or continue to support new endeavors such as our recently opened arboretum.”

    Construction on the new cedar shakes roofs is set to begin in spring of 2016. This grant combined with the Christy Houston grant received in 2014 will make a large impact toward saving the historic structures of the site.

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


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