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.
The first Front Porch Crafting will take place April 8th from 2-3 pm at Davies Manor. We will be trying out different ways to make rag rugs. This is a free event but donations are appreciated.
2022 Quilt Show Winners
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.