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Smyrna in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Slave Cabins

Sam Davis Home

 
 
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By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
1. Slave Cabins Marker
Inscription. In 1850 the Davis census lists ownership of 35 slaves, 14 males and 22 females. By 1860, 52 slaves, 27 males and 25 females, were living in the 14 slave cabins on the Davis property.

Most Southern slave dwellings were small, often not bigger than 100 square feet, located near the fields, yet close enough to the main house and overseer’s quarters to maintain control. Slaves worked hard to transform their quarters into homes, keeping them in good repair and making them as comfortable as possible. Many cabins had adjacent gardens where slaves grew crops to supplement their allotment of food.

The original slave cabins on the Davis farm were sold in the late 1920s to raise money to keep the site open. Later, the Sam Davis Association, recognizing the importance of slave cabins to the history of the farm, acquired these cabins from Rattle & Snap near Columbia, Tennessee.

Large-scale cultivation of cotton began in Tennessee in the 1820s. Although the state’s agriculture was never devoted exclusively to cotton, it did remain an important cash crop for the region. The 1860 agriculture census shows that 100 bales of cotton (400 pounds each) were grown on the Davis farm.

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Slave Quarters, Dickerson vicinity, Frederick County MD. Courtesy Library of Congress, HABS MD 11-6,4-6

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By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
2. Slave Cabins Marker
spring scene near Richmond VA. Harper’s Weekly. Courtesy of Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-116583

Southern Cornfield, Nashville Tennessee (1862) by Thomas W. Wood. T.W. Wood Art Gallery, Montpelier Vermont

Land of cotton. Courtesy Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-56499

Workers including children, picking cotton in Georgia. Robert N. Dennis Collection of Stereoscopic Views, Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints & Photographs. The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenoix and Tilden Foundations.
 
Location. 35° 59.383′ N, 86° 30′ W. Marker is in Smyrna, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker can be reached from Sam Davis Road 0.3 miles west of Brookhaven Trail, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Sam Davis Home. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna TN 37167, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sam Davis Home (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Outbuildings (about 300 feet away); Sam Davis Gravesite (about 500 feet away); The Sam Davis Boyhood Home (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named
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By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
3. Slave Cabins Marker
Sam Davis Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wheeler's Raid around Rosecrans (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Jefferson (approx. 0.6 miles away); Dewitt Smith Jobe (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Smyrna.
 
Also see . . .  Sam Davis Home and Museum. (Submitted on October 8, 2013.)
 
Categories. African AmericansAgricultureWar, US Civil
 
Slave Quarters, Dickerson, Montgomery County, MD image. Click for full size.
By John O. Brostrup, 1936
4. Slave Quarters, Dickerson, Montgomery County, MD
Library of Congress [HABS MD, 11- ,4-6]
A spring scene near Richmond, Virginia. <i>Harper's Weekly</i> image. Click for full size.
By William Ludwell Sheppard, 1870
5. A spring scene near Richmond, Virginia. Harper's Weekly
Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-116583]
Land of cotton image. Click for full size.
By Edward Warren Day, 1900
6. Land of cotton
Library of Congress [LC-USZC4-11947]
 
 
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