Visitor Information

General Tour Information

Regular tours begin with a viewing of Sam Davis: His Life, Legend, and Legacy in our elegant theatre. When the film ends, you are encouraged to spend as much time as you like in the galleries of the museum which opened in November 2003. After your self-guided tour of the museum, a site interpreter will lead you on a guided tour through the grounds, outbuildings, and historic Sam Davis Home. Allow approximately an hour and a half to enjoy the full tour.

Guided tours depart from the Visitor Center on the hour. The last tour is one hour before closing.

If you are not interested in a guided tour, there are several informational markers and signs located throughout the property. All visitors are encouraged to enjoy the beautiful grounds during our regular business hours, but please check-in at the Visitor Center upon your arrival.

Parking

Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Visitor’s Center and Museum.

Food and Drink

Food and drinks are not permitted inside any building on the Historic Sam Davis Home property, but we do encourage you to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the ground! Bring a blanket or enjoy it at one of our picnic tables.

Photography

Please see our Photography Page for more information about photography policies and procedures, and to see if you are considered a photographer or not. 

Accessibility

The Visitor’s Center and Museum is wheelchair accessible. However, the Sam Davis Home is not accessible by wheelchair. There is a ramp to the first floor of the historic home that can accommodate walkers, and pictures of the second floor are offered for viewing. Service animals are permitted inside the buildings.

A printed translation detailing Sam's story is available for Japanese, Spanish, French, and German speakers.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I take photographs on the property?

A: You may take photographs on the grounds after checking in at the Visitor Center and paying either our regular admission fee (for standard tourist photos) or our photography fee (for family, engagement, or other more formal photos). During regular business hours, the photography fee is $25 flat. For shoots after hours, there is an additional fee of $10 per hour after closing, and payment is required in advance. Please see our Photography Page for more information about our policies, procedures, and fees, and to see if you are considered a photographer or not.

Q: Do you have a gift shop?

A: Yes! We have a large gift shop that features locally handcrafted goods including pottery, jams and jellies, honey, ornaments, t-shirts, and 19th century toys, as well as a large selection of children’s items affordable for a small budget, jewelry, books, toys, Sam Davis Home items and more! The gift shop is open during regular business hours. If there is something in particular you are looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Q: How much walking is required for a regular tour?

A: Once to the Visitor Center and Museum, you may peruse our 2,500 square foot museum at your leisure. The guided tour requires walking on mulched paths and grass across the backyard to the slave cabins and around to the front of the house. Inside the historic home, there is one flight of stairs with shallow steps and one narrow flight of stairs with somewhat steep steps. The tour ends with a walk through the courtyard and back to the Visitor Center. For guests that are not able to climb the stairs, a supplemental tour book is available.

Q: Can I just walk around the property?

A: The Sam Davis Home is private property and as such, guests are only allowed on the property during regular business hours. All guests must check-in at the Visitor Center immediately upon entering the grounds. Admission is charged for the museum and guided tours of the home. There is no admission charge to walk the grounds, but guests MUST check-in and may not enter the fields without prior permission. Violators of either of the aforementioned policies may be prosecuted for trespassing.

Q: Do you rent the property for weddings, parties or corporate events?

A: Yes! We are a venue for all kinds of events from 5Ks to family reunions, from weddings and showers to yoga classes, and beyond. For party and meeting rentals, the Creek House is available for rent by the hour and includes a full kitchen, tables and chairs. The covered veranda, Visitor Center conference room, and grounds are also available. Wedding rentals include an all-day rental of the site and vary in price depending on the number of guests. See Rentals page for more information, or contact our Events and Marketing Manager to setup a time to view the property and receive detailed information.




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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