Historic Homes in Rutherford County Offer a Glimpse of the Past
PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Adkins
Rutherford County is home to a number of historic sites that draw tourists from all 50 states and beyond. Some famous Civil War encounters took place here in the 1860s, and a few of the majestic structures and battle sites from the Old South still stand today. They include the Oaklands Historic House Museum in Murfreesboro, the Stones River National Battlefield, and the Sam Davis Home in Smyrna, which is one of the most visited historic sites in all of Tennessee.
“We feature 168 very well-kept and preserved acres, and a majority of this overall attraction looks just like it did in the 1860s,” says Anita Teague, executive director of the Sam Davis Home. “There is also a large museum that is very modern, having been built in the last decade. It houses an elaborate, exquisite Civil War collection."
Sam Davis served in various combat roles and was nicknamed the Boy Hero of the Confederacy, and many of the items in the museum actually belonged to him along with members of his family.
“I would advise people to come see the collection whether you’re interested in history or not, because it showcases part of our culture and community,” Teague says. “It’s an absolutely gorgeous attraction.”
The Sam Davis Home also hosts a number of events throughout the year, including the Easter Eggstravaganza, a Christmas Decoration Spectacular and a School of the Soldier summer camp that teaches boys about marching, drilling and discipline.
“We also feature an Apple Valley School summer camp that simulates a one-room schoolhouse for kids ages 7-11,” Teague says. “We also schedule a summertime science and nature camp. There are a lot of things happening here throughout the year.”