Sam Davis was born 1842 in Rutherford County. During the Civil War, Sam joined the army before Tennessee had officially seceded from the Union. Early in 1863, Sam became a member of “Coleman’s Scouts.” Sam and his fellow scouts worked behind enemy lines disrupting communications and collecting information on the troop movements of the Union forces for the Confederate Army.
Captured and court-martialed by Union General Grenville Dodge, Sam admitted to being a courier, but pled not guilty to a charge of spying. The military court convicted Samuel Davis on both charges, and sentenced him to hang. On the gallows, General Dodge offered Sam one last chance to save his life by revealing the source of the papers he carried. Sam stated with his last words that “I would die a thousand deaths before I would betray a friend,” and was hanged on November 27, 1863.
Visitors to the historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation in Smyrna will see the home much as it was when Sam lived there. The home, built around 1810 by Moses Ridley and renovated in 1850 by the Davis family, contains over one hundred original family pieces. The floors, doors, and most of the woodwork are also original to the 1850 house. The home is located on a 160-acre farm where cotton is still grown. The house and grounds were purchased by the state of Tennessee in 1927 and opened for tours in 1930.
- If a ball is overthrown into an inaccessible area or out of play, the runners will be allowed to advance one base.
Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation
1399 Sam Davis Road
Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone: (615) 459-2341