Mrs. Boysen’s Fifth Grade Class at Riverwood Elementary in Cordova created a Freedom Quilt while studying the Civil War. Davies Manor Plantation Director Nancy McDonough helped the class assemble their completed squares on February 21

Educational Opportunities at Davies Manor Plantation

  • Group tours of our manor house museum and grounds.  Tours can be modified based on what your class is studying or to accommodate larger groups. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for students, with a maximum of four chaperones’ free admission.
  • Traveling Trunk program. We have developed a traveling trunk exhibit, designed to match educational curriculum standards in science, language arts, and social studies for K-5th grades. At this time, we offer one traveling exhibit, with lesson plans on Nineteenth Century Life, Using and Reusing Resources, and Eating and Learning. All lesson plans include story and/or letter writing assessment activities to fulfill language arts curriculum standards.
    • Traveling Trunk Sample Curriculum Materials:
  • Special visits like the quilting lesson described above.  Special programs related to early Shelby County farm life, including quilting, gardening, and beekeeping, can be arranged with advance notice. Call 901-386-0715 or email
  • Girl Scout Programming. We can offer programs toward the fulfillment of  several Brownie and Junior Girl Scout badges, including:
    • Her Story (Brownie)
    • Plants (Brownie)
    • Listening to the Past (Brownie)
    • Local Lore (Junior)
    • Earth Connections (Junior)
    • Folk Arts (Junior)
    • Sew Simple (Junior)
  • Other Programs. We are in the process of improving our educational programming. Keep checking back here for updates, or contact us if you have an idea not listed on this page.

Annual Davies Manor Plantation Teachers’ Conference:

Our 2014 Davies Manor Plantation Teachers’ Conference is scheduled for Thursday, July 10th at 11:00 am until approximately 2:00 pm at the Hillwood Barn.  All local educators (from public, private, and home schools) are encouraged to attend! Jimmy Ogle, the newly-elected Shelby County Historian and the Davies Manor Association’s Board President, will be our speaker again this year. His program on Memphis and Shelby County history will open your eyes to how amazing our city and county really are. You’ll definitely be able to take what you learned in this program and apply it to your own classroom!

The program, lunch, and tour of the 1830s historic house museum Davies Manor are all free. Shelby County Schools teachers can also earn 1 credit towards their Professional Development credits for the 2014-2015 School Year. All educators will receive a Certificate of Attendance for attending the program.

Registration for the conference is now open. Please fill out the registration form as soon as possible and submit through e-mail ( or fax (901) 388-4677.



If you would like more information or to receive e-mail updates about educational programs at Davies Manor Plantation, please e-mail the Museum Assistant, Jestein Gibson, at, or call 901-386-0715.  Put “Davies Manor Education” as the subject line.  If you have any questions, include them in the body of the e-mail.

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Contact Info

phone: (901) 386-0715
fax: (901) 388-4677
3570 Davieshire Drive
Bartlett, TN 38133
P.O. Box 56
Brunswick, TN 38014

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