Smyrna in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
The Sam Davis Boyhood Home
Built ca. 1790-1810
In the spring of 1841, Charles Lewis Davis married his second wife Jane Simmons and moved into this log home originally located on the Almaville Road near present day Interstate 24. Jane's mother, Elizabeth Collier Simmons, also moved into the home with the Davis family. The first child, Samuel, was born on October 6, 1842. Eventually Charles and Jane had nine children. By 1847, Charles had accumulated enough wealth to move his family to this large farm near the railroad town of Smyrna.
The Boyhood Home was donated to the Sam Davis Association in 1974 and moved to the Davis farm. It was moved to its present location in 2003.
Logs notched near the end characterized most American log homes of this time period. Spaces between the logs were filled or “chinked” with clay, stones, poles or shingles. Because a round log took up interior space and produced an irregular wall, the logs were squared, or “hewn” with an axe.
Charles Lewis Davis
Jane Simmons Davis
Elizabeth Collier Simmons
Illustrations from Log Structures: Preservation and Problem
Lawrence Cabin, State Route 3, Havertown vicinity, Delaware County, PA. Log notching with infill or chinking. Courtesy Library of Congress, HABS PA,23-HAVTO, V,2-7
Stencil House, Smokehouse, Wayne County, TN. Detail: notched log corner. Courtesy Library of Congress, HABS TENN, 91-CLIF.V,1C-2
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
Location. 35° 59.45′ N, 86° 30.067′ W. Marker is in Smyrna, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is on Sam Davis Road 0.3 miles west of Brookhaven Trail, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna TN 37167, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sam Davis Gravesite (within shouting distance of this marker); Outbuildings (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Slave Cabins (about 500 feet away); Sam Davis Home (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Sam Davis Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wheeler's Raid around Rosecrans (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Jefferson (approx. 0.6 miles away); Dewitt Smith Jobe (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smyrna.
Also see . . . Sam Davis Home and Museum. (Submitted on October 7, 2013.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 479 times since then. Last updated on September 2, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 7, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 3, 4. submitted on October 8, 2013. 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 2, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.