Davies Manor Plantation
Student groups on Memphis holiday will truly enjoy a stop by historic Davies Manor Plantation, site of the oldest family home in Shelby County, Tennessee.
The 1807 two-story white oak chink and log plantation home rests on a lovely wooded plot of what was once a thriving 2000 acre operation, along with an assortment of outbuildings including the tiny cabin of Moses Frazier, a slave who toiled at Davies Manor for 50 years; prior to the Civil War, the Tennessee plantation housed approximately 23 slaves.
Tours begin with a short familiarization video and usher guests through the furnished log home, around the grounds teeming with wildlife and through a series of carefully planned demonstration gardens and interpretive exhibits, providing a realistic representation of Colonial plantation/farm life while highlighting the inevitable changes to the estate that resulted from multi-generational occupancy. The structures and their contents are a testament to the true rigors of life on a working southern plantation, and visits afford guests a priceless opportunity to trace the Davies family history through the 19th century and on to the present day with its challenges of maintaining and preserving the historic Century Farm for future generations to enjoy.