Photography and Videography

With payment of a photography fee, photography and videography sessions are allowed on the grounds of the Sam Davis Home plantation year-round and yield incredibly breathtaking photographs. Buttercups, irises, and lilies fill the property in spring, the summer provides lots of greenery,  in the fall, the grounds explode with colors as our many tree species change into yellows, oranges, and reds, and as fall turns to winter, our cotton field blooms with beautiful white bolls. Our property covers over 160 acres and provides an endless amount of backdrops for your special photos. 

Photography Fees

*Pricing includes ONE hour on the site with OR without cotton*

Photo Session (w/o cotton):  $35 

Each Additional Hour (w/o cotton): +$20

Photo Session (w/ cotton): $50 

Each Addition Hour (w/ cotton): +$35

** Monday-Saturday after 4:00 & ALL DAY Sunday are considered "after hours" and will be an additional $20 EACH HOUR **

Photo shoots taking place outside of business hours require three business days notice and must be pre-paid. Photo shoots may be rescheduled if staff is notified by the previous business day before closing. Cancelled photo shoots are non-refundable. 

Videography Fees 

Determined on a case by case basis. Please contact us at or 615-459-2341 for more information. Please contact us as soon as possible, as board approval typically takes 2-5 weeks.

ATTENTION: Because photo sessions at our Historic Home are in such high demand, we have changed our email! Contact for scheduling, availability, and any other questions! 

 Frequently Asked Questions

Am I Considered a Photographer?

No matter what level of skill you have or what device you're using to capture the images, if your sole purpose of visiting the Sam Davis Home is to take photos, you are considered a photographer. 

Why is there a Photography Fee?

Your photography fee pays for a lot. We have over 160 acres for you to use as the backdrop of your photos, all of which require a lot of time and (sometimes expensive) maintenance. You also have access to our restrooms, and our staff must be on site at all times of your shoot. 

When is the Site Available for Photo Shoots?

Typically, the site is available any time Monday through Friday during business hours.  The site is also available on Saturdays provided there is no wedding or major event that day. Please call to confirm that we won't be hosting an event, wedding, or field trip on your desired day. The site is available after hours with 3 full business days notice, pending a staff member is available to cover it. After hours shoots require pre-payment, whereas during business hours shoots can be paid upon arrival. 

What are the Check In Procedures?

All visitors, including photographers, must check in at the visitor center.  You will then pay your fee (if not pre-paid), sign a photography code of conduct, and check out a photo shoot badge, intended to be visible for the duration of your shoot. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your shoot to fill out all necessary paperwork and pay your fee.We do require that you leave your ID or something of value with us at the desk until you check out and return the photo shoot badge. The badge is intended to help staff know who is on the property and what the purpose is. It will prevent you from being disturbed during your shoot. 

When is the Best Time of Year to Visit for Cotton/Buttercups/Fall Foliage/etc?

Cotton: Late October through Mid December
Fall Foliage: Mid October through Mid November
Buttercups: Mid March through Early April

Isn’t the Historic Sam Davis Home & Plantation a public space? 

No, the Historic Sam Davis Home & Plantation is private property that was deeded in trust to the Sam Davis Memorial Association by the State of Tennessee. The Sam Davis Memorial Association has operated the site since 1930 when it opened for tours. The site currently has set operating hours, policies, and procedures for visitor use. 

Do you have changing rooms? 

If you need a space to change clothes, store props and equipment, or would like an indoor location to shoot, you may reserve the Creek House for up to two hours, if available, at a rate of $15 per half hour. The Visitor Center restrooms may not be used as changing rooms during business hours.

What is the Videography Policy?

We welcome videographers to come out and shoot at the site! We do, however, need to receive board approval in order to confirm any videography session. Please email with as many details about your film as possible, as well as a shoot date and time. Board approval typically takes 2-5 weeks, so please contact us as early as possible in order to ensure approval prior to the date you hope to film. 

What if I need to cancel/reschedule my pre-paid/after hours photo shoot?

If SDH staff is notified prior to closing on the previous business day, we will be happy to let you reschedule your after hours shoot and will use what you've pre-paid toward that shoot with no penalty. Cancelled or no-show photo shoots are non-refundable. 

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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