The Sam Davis Home is proud to offer many special events throughout the year. We host events for children of all ages, adults, families, church groups, education classes, and many more! Our events cover a broad variety of interests including dinner and movie nights, teddy bear teas, and ghost tours. Listed below are our upcoming events. If you would like to attend or are considering volunteer opportunities, please call us at (615)459-2341 for more details. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Rotary Club of Smyrna New Year's Eve Snow Ball
December 31, 2013
Come celebrate the New Year with your friends and neighbors at the Smyrna Town Center to benefit the Sam Davis Home! Tickets include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live band, DJ, and rides home if needed plus onsite photographer and a free session with National Dance Clubs of Murfreesboro. $50 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the Sam Davis Home Visitor Center, Gil's Ace Hardware, Smyrna FirstBank, Smyrna Town Centre & National Dance Clubs in Murfreesboro.For more information, call 615-785-0282 or visit www.smyrnasnowball.com.
Closed January 2014
The Sam Davis Home will suspend museum and historic house tours during the month of January. Tours of the museum and historic house are available by appointment only made at least 48 hours in advance by calling (615) 459-2341. The property and office will remain open for business and inquiries. However, the property will be closed on days of inclement weather. The Sam Davis Home will re-open for tours on February 1, 2014.
Lessons for Ladies
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Sam Davis Home offers a special month-long tour in March titled Lessons for Ladies. The tour features the domestic arts, etiquette, and education of women during the 19th century as well as a special museum exhibit. Also highlighted on the guided tour are the stories of prominent women of the time as well as those important to the life of Sam Davis. Many women did not have the opportunity to tell their story during the 19th century in the United States. Now, their stories, everyday activities, and special occasion celebrations can be heard at the Sam Davis Home. Reservations for a tour on a weekday made at least 72 hours in advance will include a set tea time. Please contact the Sam Davis Home at (615) 459-2341.
Teddy Bear Tea
March 15 & 22, 2014
Dress in your Sunday best and bring along your favorite teddy bear (or stuffed animal or doll) to attend Teddy Bear Tea at the Sam Davis Home. This tea party is the perfect way for young ladies ages 4-10 to spend a few hours with their favorite bear and special lady, whether she is her mother, grandmother, aunt, older sister, or another. Enjoy delectable treats and savory teas while creating a fun craft for your teddy bear friend. Take a tour of the Sam Davis Home with Sam's sister, Fannie Davis, as she shows you where the young ladies of the house once played and sipped tea. Then, cozy up for story time in the museum theatre! Teddy Bear Tea will be held on March 15 and March 22, 2014 from 10am-12pm and from 2pm-4pm. Reservations are required with pre-paid admission of $15 per guest, excluding teddy bears. To make a reservation, call Madelyne Rush at (615) 459-2341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Make reservations early as this popular event fills quickly, and you won't want to miss this one!
14th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Hop on over to the Sam Davis Home for the 14th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza! Continuing the community wide event the Davis family hosted many years ago, the Sam Davis Home will be featuring Easter activities from 10 am until 12 pm on Saturday, April 19, 2013. The Easter Bunny always makes a special appearance and loves to see the plantation filled with children enjoying the games, face painting, and more! Three egg hunts are scheduled for the morning activities: children ages 0-3 hunt at 10:30 a.m., ages 4-6 hunt at 11 a.m., and ages 7-10 hunt at 11:30 a.m. Guided tours of the historic home will be offered every hour on the hour for a reduced price. Bring your Easter basket and don’t forget to wear your best bonnet or handsome hat for this year’s Easter Eggstravaganza! Admission is only $5 per vehicle. Easter Eggstravaganza is a weather dependent event.
Sam Davis Home Golf Tournament
May 2, 2014
The Sam Davis Home will host a Golf Tournament at the Cedar Crest Golf Course on Friday, May 2, 2014 with registration beginning at 11 a.m. and tee time at 1 p.m. All proceeds benefit the educational programs and historic structures at the Sam Davis Home. In addition to a fun-filled day of golf, participants will enjoy a catered Southern-style barbecue lunch, door prizes and skill contests. For local businesses, there are opportunities to advertise your business and support the Sam Davis Home through hole sponsorship. Registration fee of $300 per foursome or $75 per person with hole sponsorships at $100. If you are interested in participating as part of a team or you wish to be a sponsor, please contact the Sam Davis Home at (615) 459-2341.
Wine On The Veranda
May 30, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wine on the Veranda grants patrons an educational opportunity to learn how to pair wines with foods. The event goes beyond a wine tasting, featuring a variety of wines expertly paired with local foods, tours of the museum, live music, and an art exhibit. Tickets to the event are $30 per person, and tickets are limited. Please make reservations and ticket purchases by contacting the Sam Davis Home at (615) 459-2341.
43rd Annual Days on the Farm
May 15 & 16, 2014
Where can you find pigs in a pen, a blacksmith making tools, and a spinner who transforms wool into yarn? You can find all that and more at the 43rd Annual Days on the Farm hosted by the Sam Davis Home on May 15th and 16th. Days On The Farm will feature more than 20 demonstrations including how soap was made from pig fat and lye. With hands-on activities, find out what life was like as a Civil War soldier and how quilts were made to keep people warm during the cold winter months. After you tour the historic home and visit the museum exhibits, stop by the gift shop to pick up a reproduction historical toy or some old-fashioned candy sticks. All are welcome and encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it under the trees while out on the grounds of this historic plantation. The event takes place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Reservations are recommended for groups of 10 or more. This is a weather-dependent event. Please contact the Sam Davis Home at (615) 459-2341 for more information.
Free Day in May
May 17, 2014
The Sam Davis Home joins other tourists sites of Rutherford County for a day of free admission. The Sam Davis Home will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for visitors interested in walking through the Middle Tennessee Civil War History Museum and the historic Sam Davis Home. Guides throughout the home will be dressed in period clothing.
Summer Camp: Jane Davis Academy
June 9-13, 2014
9 a.m. - Noon
Children 12-16 years of age
Young ladies and gentlemen enrolled in the Jane Davis Academy will be educated in 19th century arts and etiquette. They will experience lessons in French, vocal music, prayer and devotions, and the definition of a 19th century lady and gentleman. Children are encouraged to wear period clothing to further embrace the feel of another time as they participate in crafts, tending and learning the uses of herbs, and practices in social etiquette. Registration is required, and the forms can be downloaded here. For more information, contact Christina Runkel at (615) 459-2341.
Summer Camp: School of the Soldier
June 23-27, 2014
9 a.m. - Noon
Children 9-15 years of age
Young men and women participating in School of the Soldier will experience an action-filled summer camp portraying the Civil War era. Most of their time will be spent outdoors learning drill and actual Civil War marching. They will build their own tents, make lanterns, and discover spies. The camp also offers special presentations, including a visit to the Stones River Battlefield, and demonstrations from visitors. Registration is required, and forms can be downloaded here. For more information, contact Christina Runkel at (615) 459-2341.
Summer Soiree & Annual Membership Meeting
June 19, 2014
The Sam Davis Memorial Association cordinally invites you to attend Summer Soiree in conjunction with the SDMA Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday evening of June 19th, 2014. The night will begin with a Southern-style barbecue dinner and homemade desserts at 6:00 p.m. and will feature live 19th century music and tours of the historic home. The membership meeting for SDMA members will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Admission, including dinner and desserts, is $10 per person and $5 for children ages 5 to 10. For more details and to RSVP, please call the Sam Davis Home at (615) 459-2341.
Summer Camp: Apple Valley School
July 7-11, 2014
9 a.m. - Noon
Children 8-12 years of age
"Students" of the Apple Valley School roleplay as a member of a family from long ago as they take part in authentic 19th century school lessons, make crafts, play games, sing, and enjoy the historic house and grounds. Period costumes are optional but encouraged. Registration is required, and forms are available for download here. For more information, contact Christina Runkel at (615) 459-2341.
September 7, 2014
Bring your grandparents to the Sam Davis Home for a guided tour of the 1810 house, a self-guided tour of the museum, and you could even bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the backyard on the picnic tables! On Sunday, September 7, 2014 in celebration of Grandparents Day, the Sam Davis Home and Museum is offering one free admission per grandparent who is accompanied by a paid child or adult.
28th Annual Heritage Days
September 25 & 26, 2014
Heritage Days celebrates the beginning of autumn with living history presentations, skilled artisans, farm animals, live music, and much, much more. This popular living history celebration will feature more than 20 demonstrations including how to separate cream from milk and churn it into butter and how to make lye soap. With hands-on activities, find out what life was like as a Civil War soldier and how quilts were made to keep people warm during the cold winter months. After you tour the bottom floor of the historic house and visit the museum, stop by the gift shop to pick up a reproduction historical toy or some old-fashioned candy sticks. All are welcome and encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it under the trees while on the grounds of this historic plantation. The event is held from 9 am until 1 pm on September 25 and September 26, 2014. Admission to all activities, including the museum and limited house tour, are offered to students and the general public at $5 per person. Reservations are recommended for groups of 10 or more. Heritage Days is a weather-dependent event.
October 6, 2014
The Sam Davis Home celebrates the birth of Sam Davis on Monday, October 6, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with free admission for all guests.
A House in Mourning
The Sam Davis Home will host "Cult of Mourning" which was at its peak during 1850-1890. The house will be prepared for a funeral, with mirrors draped in black cloth and clocks stopped at the time of death. View the Mourning artifacts and learn the history of this practice to respect and mourn for the deceased.
October 17 & 18, 2014
October 24 & 25, 2014
Ghost Tours offers an answer to the commonly asked question: Is the Sam Davis Home haunted? This storytelling event gives visitors a chance to hear a different tour of the historic house and property. Visitors will first board a haunted hayride and hear tales of the property as well as the custom of mourning facts before being dropped off at the front walk of the historic Sam Davis Home. Storytellers inside the house and outbuildings will share the hauntingly true tales experienced by visitors, staff, and volunteers as guests are guided along the walking tour. The event begins at 7 pm with ghost tours (consisting of the haunted hayride and walking tour) departing every fifteen minutes until 10 pm. Admission is $5 per child ages 12 or under and $10 per adult. Parental discretion is advised, and the event is not recommended for children under the age of ten. Ghost Tours is a weather-dependent event.
A Frightful Night
October 18, 2014
October 25, 2014
The Sam Davis Home invites guests to have a frightfully good time at A Frightful Night held Saturday, October 18th and Saturday, October 25th, 2014. The evening will begin with a catered dinner in the Creek House at 6 p.m. followed by a frightening film in the museum theatre. Those brave enough to continue the evening after the spooky film will embark on a haunted hayride to the front porch of the historic Sam Davis Home. Throughout the hayride and ghost tours of the historic house and property, guests will hear true haunting tales experienced by staff, visitors and volunteers. Reservations are required for the event with pre-paid admission of $30 per person. To make a reservation or to receive details regarding the meal and film, please call (615) 459-2341.
November 11, 2014
United States Veterans and their families are welcome to attend the Sam Davis Home on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 to take a free tour of the historic house, property, and museum. Hours of admission are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with the last guided tour leaving at 3 p.m. Please call (615) 459-2341 for more information.
November 28, 2013
The Sam Davis Home will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving. It will reopen on Friday, November 29, 2013 at 10 a.m.
It was a Christmas of Remembrance
December 7, 2013
Briefly step into 1863 as the Davis family mourns the loss of son, grandson, and brother, Sam Davis. Share their memories of Christmas past as their stories transport you to Christmas in 1860. Visit the historic house and watch the Davis family prepare their home for a jolly Christmas free of war woes. The youngest children play a special Christmas game, the string maze, while the older boys head outside to shoot mistletoe down from the tree limbs above. This event is $5 per person and is only offered one day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! The historic house will remain decorated throughout the Christmas season beginning the Monday after Thanksgiving.
For information on any of these events please contact the Sam Davis Home at (615) 459-2341 or through email.
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