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!
Ghost Tour Auditions
August 11th, 13th, & 15th, 2014 - 2:00-6:00 p.m. by appointment
Calling all actors!!! The Sam Davis Home will host Ghost Tours, our most popular event of the year, on the nights of October 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Hundreds of visitors eagerly await to board a haunted hayride and experience the strange tales of reported ghost occurrences at the Sam Davis Home.
If you are brave enough to volunteer, pre-scheduled auditions will be held at the Sam Davis Home August 11th, 13th, and 15th. In addition to storytellers, actors of all ages are needed to portray ghosts depicted in stories, to create spooky sound effects, and to silently guide visitors along dark paths throughout their tour. To schedule an audition, complete an audition sheet that can be downloaded below and return to the Sam Davis Home by mail, fax or email. For questions or to volunteer in another role, please contact Brittany Moyers by phone at (615) 459-2341 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August Family Day - Health and Medicine
August 24, 2014
The Historic Sam Davis Home & Plantation will be hosting another FREE Family Day on Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. This Family Day event is all about health and medicine. The Civil War marked incredible advances in the field of medicine. Families will learn about battlefield medicine and its influence on the many inventions and discoveries in health care and medicine that came by necessity during the war. Students will explore surgical procedures through reproduction artifacts and bits of herbal lore used to treat patients. Activities will include learning how to wrap bandages for injuries and how to make your own toothpaste! Historic interpreters will be present to discuss the experiences of Civil War nurses, surgeons, and soldiers. This free event includes activities and museum admission.
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.
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 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.
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 screening of "The Others" 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.
"The Others" Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YQotG1UZ0Y
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 27, 2014
The Sam Davis Home will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving. It will reopen on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 10 a.m.
It was an Antebellum Christmas
December 6, 2014
Take a look back in time as you watch the Davis family prepare their home for Christmas in 1861. Jane Simmons Davis will entertain guests as the young ladies in the household prepare for an evening out at a Christmas Ball. Visit with young Sam Davis and his brothers as they load their muskets to shoot down mistletoe for the traditional front hall Christmas decoration. 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 first of December.
Closed January 2015
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 2, 2015.
African Americans on the Davis Plantation - Special Exhibit & Tour
To commemorate Black History Month, the Sam Davis Home & Museum is featuring a special exhibit for the month of February. Visitors will learn about several of the Davis enslaved, including Isaac, an enslaved worker purchased by Charles Davis in 1954 and Charlie Waldron, born to Sallie Waldron who was believed to have been enslaved on the Davis Plantation. Charlie left after emancipation but returned after 1900, and for many years, he lived in the kitchen. He passed away in 1925 at the age of 83. Visitors will learn more about Charlie and other enslaved workers on the Davis Plantation, with emphasis on their lives after emancipation.
Curator Talk & Tour Series
February 7, 2015
The Curator Talk and Tour will be based on our featured exhibit, African Americans on the Davis Plantation. Guests get an inside look into the featured exhibit and an in-depth tour with the museum's curator. Learn what went into creating the exhibit, dig into the history that the exhibit does not explore, and take a topic-specific guided tour of the historic house and grounds with the curator. The program begins at 1:00 p.m. and will run 90 minutes. Admission is $15 per person with reservations requested in advance by emailing email@example.com or calling 615-459-2341. Limited space available.
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. 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 Christina Runkel at the Sam Davis Home at (615) 459-2341 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curator Talk and Tour Series
March 7, 2015
The Curator Talk and Tour will be based on our featured exhibit Lessons for Ladies. Guests get an inside look into the featured exhibit and an in-depth tour with the museum's curator. Learn what went into creating the exhibit, dig into the history that the exhibit does not explore, and take a topic-specific guided tour of the historic house and grounds with the curator. The program takes place at 1:00 p.m. and will run 90 minutes. Admission is $15 per person with reservations requested in advance by emailing email@example.com or calling 615-459-2341. Limited space available.
Teddy Bear Tea
March 14, 2015
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 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 14 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 us 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!
Young Ladies Tea
March 21, 2015
Dress in your Sunday best and attend Young Ladies Tea at the Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation. This tea party is the perfect way for young ladies ages 11-15 who have graduated from the Teddy Bear Tea age and want to spend a few hours with their nearest and dearest reenacting tea time in the 19th century. Enjoy delectable treats and savory teas while learning about 19th century clothing and etiquette. Then take a women's history tour of the Sam Davis Home to learn what life was like for the Davis ladies in the 1800's. Young Ladies Tea will be held on March 21 from 10am-12pm and from 2pm-4pm. Reservations are required with pre-paid admission of $15 per guest. To make a reservation, call us at (615) 459-2341 or email email@example.com.
Sam Davis Home Golf Tournament
April 24, 2015
The Historic Sam Davis Home & Plantation will host our 6th Annual Golf Tournament at the Cedar Crest Golf Course on April 24, 2015. All proceeds benefit the educational programs and historical structures on the Davis Plantation. In addition to a fun-filled day of golf, participants will enjoy a catered, Southern-style barbecue lunch, door prizes, and hole-in-one prizes. For local businesses, there are opportunities to advertise at the event 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.
44th Annual Days on the Farm
May 14 & 15, 2015
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 44th Annual Days on the Farm hosted by the Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation on May 14th and 15th. 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.
Wine On The Veranda
May 29, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wine on the Veranda at the Sam Davis Home goes beyond a wine tasting, featuring a variety of wines expertly paired and showcased with foods from local restaurants. This event not only focuses on wine tastings, but also grants an opportunity to learn how to pair the best wine with your meal and explore the pairing of the two. In addition, guests will enjoy tours of the museum and live music.
Your ticket grants you admission to the event and admission for a tour of the Sam Davis Home and Museum on the following Saturday, as well as a souvenir glass for tasting to take home.
There is a limited availability of tickets, and the event will take place rain or shine. Reservations and ticket purchases can be made by contacting the Sam Davis Home at (615) 459-2341.
Summer Camp: Jane Davis Academy
June 8-12, 2015
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Children 10-14 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 with payment of the $125 registration fee for the week made in advance. For more information, contact Alex Collins at (615) 459-2341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Soiree & Annual Membership Meeting
June 25, 2015
The Sam Davis Memorial Association cordinally invites you to attend a Summer Soiree in conjunction with the SDMA Annual Membership Meeting. The night will begin with a Southern-style dinner and homemade desserts at 6:00 p.m. and will feature live 19th century music and a guest speaker. 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: School of the Soldier
June 22-26, 2015
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Children 10-14 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. For more information, contact Alex Collins at (615) 459-2341 or at email@example.com.
For information on any of these events please contact the Sam Davis Home at (615) 459-2341 or through email.
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