Sam Davis a Hero Remembered November 18-27, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 6:11 am
The historic Sam Davis home and plantation will host their "Sam Davis a Hero Remembered" event November 18th through November 27th. This event commemorates the time from the November 20, 1863 capture of Sam Davis in Minor Hill, until his execution on November 27th 1863 in Pulaski. It is because of the courage and integrity of Sam Davis that the Sam Davis home and 168 acres was purchased in 1925 to be a shrine for the Confederate Hero.
The historic Sam Davis home and plantation is located at 1399 Sam Davis Road in Smyrna, Tennessee.
On Friday, November 18th there will be a meet and greet from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center's museum. There will be a full day of activities on Saturday, November 19th starting at 9:00 am with a Civil War reenactor encampment with musket and cannon demonstrations during the day. From 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon there will be historical programs by authors Shirley Farris Jones and Barbara Marthal. A Ghost Walk from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. will tell the story of Sam Davis through several people that knew him.
A memorial service at the grave of Sam Davis will be held on Sunday, November 20th at 2:00 p.m - this is the date of Sam's actual capture in Minor Hill, Tennessee. The 18th Tennessee Color Guard will give a musket salute in honor of Sam.
On Friday, November 25th, which is Black Friday for shoppers, anyone that comes to the site and joins the Sam Davis Memorial Association or renews their membership will receive a free Sam Davis print by artist David Wright.
There will be an off-site event on Sunday, November 27th at 2:00 p.m. A marker dedication and memorial service will be held at the Sam Davis Museum in Pulaski which is located at the actual execution site. The location is 134 Sam Davis Avenue, Pulaski, Tennessee.
During this commemoration week there will be several items on display that have been stored in the Visitor Center museum's curatorial room. One item that was acquired by the Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation is the table on which Sam ate his last meal when he made his last visit home. This table was donated by the family of Frank and Shirley Davis.
For those that have not visited the site, this is an excellent time to visit and learn about the story of Sam Davis. The historical talks are free and open to the public, the ghost walk will be $5 per person and regular admission rates apply for the museum and house tour. The site will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.