We Welcome You To The Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation!


   A historic treasure set on 168 serene acres in the heart of Smyrna, Tennessee, this Greek Revival home is one of the top cultural and historic attractions in Middle Tennessee. 

          On the grounds, you'll find two historic homes, several outbuildings, slave quarters, the family cemetery, and over 100 of the Davis family's personal effects on display, giving you the ability to take a step back in time and get a true sense of 19th century life. Open February through December, the site welcomes guests for tours at the top of every hour during business hours. 

Executive Director Position Announcement

Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation


This is a challenging, yet rewarding opportunity to manage and operate the Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation as its Executive Director.  With a budget of approximately $200,000, the site includes 168 acres, 17 buildings, three office staff members, site interpreters, interns, volunteers and community service workers. This is a full-time, salaried position of 40 hours per week. Occasional after-hours or weekend work will also be required.


Responsibilities include:

·         carry out the mission of the Sam Davis Memorial Association (SDMA) and implement the policies established by its Board of Directors

·         Hire, supervise, train, evaluate and terminate staff members as needed

·         Research opportunities for grants, preparing and submitting grant applications

·         Work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement fund-raising campaigns for SDMA members, capital campaigns and specific projects

·         Develop and maintain relationships with other historic tourism sites, educational groups and the surrounding community to promote the site and its mission

·         Assist in the development and implementation of educational program, materials, exhibits and events

·         Work with the SDMA Treasurer and accountant to update accounting software files, reconcile bank accounts, provide reports to the Board of Directors and prepare/present an annual budget

·         Meet regularly with the SDMA Board President, give reports at all meetings of the Board of Directors and work with SDMA Board members to prepare/distribute a quarterly newsletter



·         Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, History or a related field; applicants holding a graduate degree are preferred

·         Experience: a minimum of two years of experience in management of a small, non-profit staff, accounting skills, fund-raising skills; experience working at historic sites and museums is preferred

·         Skills: a strong work ethic, the ability to communicate and delegate effectively; the capacity to thrive as the site faces new opportunities and challenges; flexibility and adaptability are essential