Friday, September 5, 2014

Sam Davis Home Part 4

Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation

Smyrna, TN
Enslavement Housing

Part 4
See Part 1 Here
Part 2 Here
Part 3 Here
Dogtrot Cabin
Looking from the big house
Notice how you can see "through" the center.

Dogtrot and other log-cabin outbuildings.

The Overseer's Cabin
It's VERY close to the house.

Having the floors up above the ground would have acted like a breezeway in that circulation would have been better. During the cold months, it could easily have been closed with more stones if needed.


Inside - Left side of the Dogtrot Cabin.
Part of the enslaved cabins still there.
This is being interpreted as a tool shed, I think.

The breezeway of the dogtrot

The right side of the dogtrot, being interpreted as laudry

The other side of the foxtrot - looking through toward the big-house, you can see the school in the background. There is a door on this side on the left only.
The breezeway would have acted like a porch in that chairs could be put under the shade and allow the breeze to come through. Or beds could have been placed here for the same reason when the insides were just too hot in the summer.

Foundation Stones on the dogtrot

Notice how the chimney is not attached to the building at the top...
This helped with pulling it off and away from the home if there was a fire.

Can you see the bed in the corner?
The door is loosely set. I wonder how they would have closed it off during the winter months. Maybe a blanket covered? Do you know?

Ladles are hanging on the wall above the fireplace.
So, not only did this represent heat for the home, it was also a cooking source.
In the summer, however, most-likely, cooking was done outside in a fire-pit.

Notice the door at the top. While the cabins did not have anything interpreted here, from my own experience and learning, I would guess that there would have been at least some sort of flooring above the rafters for other people to sleep inside.
More bodies meant more body heat, too. This could have been a good or bad thing depending on your prospective!

The Adopt an Artifact Program

Each item is a Davis family original artifact and has been, or was, kept in the main house for decades. Since the house does not have humidity control, the artifacts deteriorate more quickly and need your support.

As an Elite Partner of the Historic Sam Davis Home & Plantation collections, you can take pride in your role of preserving an “adopted” artifact. The funds donated to the Adopt an Artifact Program will support their preservation, storage, and management.

  • $56 Bronze
  • $75 Silver
  • $100 Gold
  • $250 Platinum
  • School Group

Be a part of history by preserving treasures of the past for patrons of the future.

Quoted in part from the Adopt an Artifact Program flyer.  Contact the museum directly for more details at 615.459.2341

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