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About Us

This historic Site, located in Bartlett, includes the oldest home in Shelby County open to the public, thirty-two acres of surrounding land, and numerous outbuildings. These outbuildings include a former sharecropper's cabin, a restored commissary, and two nineteenth-century frontier-style cabins relocated to Davies Manor in 2006. Additionally, the property contains several gardens and an arboretum walking trail. Our current interpretive program consists of docent-led tours of the log home, a permanent exhibit on the history of slavery and sharecropping at Davies Plantation, and a self-guided walking tour of the grounds and outbuildings.

1975 – The Manor house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

1976 – A Century Farm Certificate was awarded by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, recognizing that the same family owned and operated the land as a farm for one hundred years or more.

1998 – Davies Manor received a Certificate of Merit from the Tennessee Historical Commission for “having made significant contributions to the preservation of the historical and architectural history of Tennessee.”

May 1998 – Davies Manor was certified by the National Wildlife Federation. The historic site and surrounding acreage is an official Backyard Wildlife Habitat, “providing the four basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive: food, water, cover, and places to raise young.”

Davies Manor has received the Memphis Heritage Anna Stoner Award for preservation of a rural environment in an urban setting.’

HOURS / TOURS

Davies Manor Historic Site is open seasonally from the beginning of April until mid-December. Normal museum operating hours are from 12 p.m. To 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The last tour begins at 3:30 p.m. Regular tours through the house museum are docent-led but you may browse at your leisure if you prefer. For groups of ten or more, please call the office to make arrangements. We currently are open for walk in tours Friday and Saturday, 12-4. Other days please call 901-634-6328 to make an appointment.

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Admission

  • $10 for Adults
  • $8 for Seniors
  • $6 for Students
  • Children under six years of age are free
  • Cash/Cards Accepted

Location

Upcoming Events

History in Your Backyard

Saturday, August 20th

Saturday, September 10th

3-4 pm both days

Davies Manor is hosting a new speaker series History in Your Backyard to introduce smaller history groups and organizations in your community. This series will explore how different sites and groups "do history." History is a matter of what is preserved- come learn more about how that is done by different groups. On Saturday August 20th both Memphis Heritage and Rural Heritage will talk about their groups and preservation efforts. On Saturday September 10th both Morton Museum and Germantown Historical Preservation Association will discuss their groups. Snacks and Beverages provided. These events will take place in Hillwood. If there are other groups, interested in speaking as part of this series in the future, please message us. This is a free event!

Davies Manor welcomes all. The Manor house is set back from the grass parking area in front of the split rail fence but can be reached by a brick walkway. There is a step up to enter the house. Throughout the house, there are also small bumps in the doorways to several rooms. The second floor can be reached by two steep stairways. We are currently working on a video tour of the second floor for those uncomfortable or unable to reach the second floor.

Signs explaining major facts and artifacts sit in each room for those who do not want a guided tour.