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!
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.
From Enslavement to Freedom: As Told through Primary Sources - Special Exhibit
February 9 - April 25, 2015
To celebrate the lives of the enslaved African Americans who lived and labored on the Davis Plantation, the Sam Davis Home & Museum is featuring a special exhibit. Visitors will learn about several of the Davis enslaved through primary resource documents.
Curator Talk & Tour Series
February 28, 2015
The Curator Talk and Tour will be based on our featured exhibit, From Enslavement to Freedom: As Told through Primary Sources. 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 registering online. Limited space available.
Teddy Bear Tea
March 14, 2015 - 10 am - SOLD OUT
March 14, 2015 - 2 pm - SOLD OUT
March 21, 2015 - 10 am - SOLD OUT
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, as well as March 21 from 10am-12pm. 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. 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.
Saturday, April 4, 2014
Please join us for our annual Easter Eggstravaganza event! We're extending the event this year to take place from 10 am to 2 pm. As always, kids age 0-10 will be able to participate in an Easter egg hunt, and kids and adults of all ages can participate in the crafts and demonstrations that will take place throughout the backyard. Three egg hunts will take place. The first for kids 0-3 at 11 am, the second for kids 4-6 at noon, and the third for kids 7-10 at 1 pm. The Easter Bunny will also be on site for photos with a donation to SDH. The event is weather permitting. The cost is $2 per person (exluding infants that can't fully participate).
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 or visit events.constantcontact.com.
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 or by visiting http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=zkdlqrlab&oeidk=a07e9jest465756362c .
Summer Camp: Jane Davis Academy
June 8-12, 2015
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Children 5-14 years of age
Young ladies and gentlemen enrolled in the Jane Davis Academy will be educated in 19th century arts and etiquette. 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 or to register, visit our Summer Camps page.
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. - 3 p.m.
Children 5-14 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 or to register, visit our Summer Camps page.
Summer Camp: Science of History
July 6-10, 2015
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Children 5-14 years of age
With 168 acres to explore, campers will investigate the natural side of the historic site learning things such as tree identification and discovering what creatures lurk in the nearby creek by doing aquatic life studies. For more information or to register, visit our Summer Camps page.
29th Annual Heritage Days
September 17 & 18, 2015
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 17 and September 18, 2015. 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 Frightful Night
October 16 & 17, 2015
October 23 & 24, 2015
The Sam Davis Home invites guests to have a frightfully good time at A Frightful Night held October 16th, 17th, 23rd, & 24th, 2015. The evening will begin with a catered dinner in the Creek House at 6 p.m. followed by a screening of a frightening movie 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.
October 16 & 17, 2015
October 23 & 24, 2015
October 30, 2015
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.
For information on any of these events please contact the Sam Davis Home at (615) 459-2341 or through email.
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