Summer Camps 

Jane Davis Academy

June 8-12, 2015

Ages: 10-14

Campers will be instructed in the fine arts of 19th Century womanhood such as dress, sewing, dance, and much more. They will learn basic French and elocution, just as the Davis girls did when attending boarding school. 1860s etiquette will also be taught, and the campers will learn period songs. Period dress is optional.


School of the Soldier

June 22-26, 2015.

Ages: 10-14

Your marching orders have arrived. Grab your haversack and canteen as you head off to join the ranks. Campers spend an active week complete with drills, crafts, and games as they learn about the life of Civil War soldiers. History presenters bring the past alive for the boys. Period dress is optional.


To register online, click here. 

Once registered, please read and sign the Release and Indemnity Agreement and mail to the Historic Sam Davis Home & Plantation along with payment. 




Click here to register. Once completed, please mail the Release and Indemnity Agreement with payment to the Sam Davis Home & Museum. Payment is due 14 days prior to the start date of the camp and checks should be made payable to Sam Davis Memorial Association. A camper’s spot is not guaranteed until you receive a written notice from the Sam Davis Home & Museum staff. Each camp runs from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and costs $125 per camper.

 Mail registration form and check to:

Sam Davis Home & Museum

Attn: Education

1399 Sam Davis Road

Smyrna, TN 371567


Age Limits and Camper/Adult Ratio

Campers must be the designated age on or before June 1, 2014 to enroll. The adult to camper ratio is no more than 1:10, and each camp is capped at 20 participants.


Location and Check-In

All camps are held at the Sam Davis Home & Museum in Smyrna. If a camp takes a field trip to another site, the parents will be notified prior to the start date of camp and will be asked to fill out a permission form. Camp check-in will take place in the Creek House for each camp. An authorized adult must accompany camper(s) into the building. When leaving each day, an authorized adult must retrieve their camper(s) from the Creek House and present identification.


Snacks and Lunch

Camps run from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and all campers are expected to bring their own lunch, snacks, and water. Please send a lunch and snack labeled clearly with your child’s full name. There is a refrigerator and microwave available for daily use. Filtered water will be available, and campers are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles. Campers are also asked to bring their lunch in reusable containers and lunch bags to limit waste. Because of the increasing number of campers with nut allergies, we ask that you refrain from sending your camper with any food containing nuts.


Clothing, Bug spray, and Insect Repellent

Campers are asked to wear comfortable and seasonally appropriate attire. There is a chance the clothing will get dirty. Wear tennis shoes or closed-toed shoes. Heelies, flip flops, sandals and other backless shoes are not appropriate due to safety concerns. Participants may choose to wear period clothing from their own collection. The Sam Davis Home & Museum will not provide period clothing.

The Sam Davis Home & Museum staff will not administer application of any insect repellent or sunscreen. It is recommended that the campers come with their own and that the bottles are clearly labeled with the camper’s name.



All campers are expected to act appropriately before, during, and after camp. Inappropriate behavior includes, but is not limited to, cursing, bullying, both verbally and physically, shoving, and disrespect towards staff and campers.



The camps offered by the Sam Davis Home & Museum seek to immerse the campers in 19th century life. This means that all electronics are prohibited during camp hours. This includes tablets, MP3 players, cell phones, etc. If there is an emergency, the camper may use his/her phone after consulting the camp leader. In special circumstances, phones may be kept on a camper during camp; however, this should be discussed with the camp leader prior to the start of camp.


Special Needs

The Sam Davis Home & Museum will make every attempt to serve campers who require special attention or consideration. Since we are not a special needs camp, there may be some needs that we are unable to meet. Please discuss your camper’s needs prior to registering so that we can prepare staff in advance and provide the best and safest experience for the camper.


Non-English Speaking Campers

Currently no interpreters are provided for, and the Sam Davis Home & Staff cannot accommodate non-English speaking campers.


Campers Taking Medicine

SDH prefers that all medicines be administered at home before the camper arrives at camp. If medicine during lunch is necessary, the child must check his/her medicine in each morning. Campers are not allowed to hold onto their own medicines. If your child needs to take medication during the day, discuss his/her needs with the camp director before the first day of camp. Medicine will not be accepted if it is not in the original packaging. Staff will make every effort to help children with medicine, but ultimately it is the child’s responsibility to make sure the medicine is taken at the appropriate time. 


Waiting List

If a camp is full, the registering camper will be added to a waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. If spots become available, the camper will be notified within two days prior to the beginning of camp.


Cancellation Policy

The Sam Davis Home & Museum staff reserve the right to cancel a camp that has fewer than eight participants no later than two weeks from the first day of camp. If a camp is cancelled, a full refund will be issued within 30 business days of the camp’s cancellation.

You may cancel your camper’s registration up to two weeks before the first day of camp. A $25 administrative fee will be charged for all cancellations, and cancellations within two weeks of the first day of camp will forfeit all registration camp fees. No refunds will be issued for missed days of camp.


A Typical Day at Camp

Each camp varies in the types of crafts and activities, but all camps begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. After games and activities, a small snack will be enjoyed, followed by more fun. Around noon, campers will break for lunch, which may be held outdoors. After lunch, they will resume learning and activities. Campers will always have adult supervision throughout their camp experience.