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Notes from
Davies Manor Plantation

July 2016

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A monthly publication of the
Davies Manor Association, Inc.

Greetings from Davies Manor Plantation! 

In our July newsletter, we have
pictures from a recent field trip that we hosted for the Shelby County School Vision and Hearing Impaired Summer Camp. We also have pictures and descriptions of our newest gardens. Scroll all the way down for a list of upcoming events!

Vision and Hearing Impaired Group

Shelby County School Vision and Hearing Impaired Summer Camp from Colonial Middle School visited Davies Manor on June 10th with 54 students, teachers and aides. They toured the manor house and grounds, visited our kitchen garden, met our hens Ms. Ellen and Rocky, and our special guests for the day, Toffee and Buttercup, two very sweet goats owned by our neighbor Kathryn Miller from Blackberry Farm in Morning Sun. They also visited the Plant-A-Row Garden where they got to sample some veggies and learn about organic gardening from Susan Phillips and her volunteers from Memphis Area Master Gardeners.

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Della, Red, and Goldie

Teachers' Luncheon

Attention teachers! Our annual teachers’ luncheon will be held on Thursday, July 28th from 11am-2pm. The luncheon will be catered by Swanky's Taco Shop, and will feature guest speaker Jimmy Ogle and a tour of the manor house. Teachers will have the opportunity to view our current traveling trunks, and provide input on our current educational programming. Please call 901-386-0715 or email with your name, school, and phone number by Friday, July 22nd to RSVP. Hope to see you there!

Keyhole and Three-Sisters Gardens

We have recently incorporated two traditional planting styles into our garden plan: a keyhole garden and a three-sisters garden. The keyhole garden is traditionally an African style of planting, as it is beneficial in hot, dry places. It is designed to hold moisture, and utilizes a central compost pile to add nutrients to the soil. The three-sisters garden is a traditional Native American planting style, in which corn, beans and squash are planted together in a mound.


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Website Update

We're excited to announce that our brand new website has launched! We hope that you'll stop by to check it out.

In Memoriam

Hattie Childress passed away on June 14th at the age of 92. Hattie was an accomplished quilter, and showed her quilts at the Brooks Museum and Gallery Ten Ninety One, among others. She regularly sold her canned goods at our annual quilt show, and made the best chow-chow that you've ever tasted. Hattie will be greatly missed.

Upcoming Events:

• Our Pioneer Wedding exhibit is currently up! The exhibit includes dresses from the Woodruff-Fontaine house, along with period dresses and decor. The exhibit will close Sunday, July 31st. Be sure to see it while you can!

• The annual meeting for the Davies Manor Association will be held on Monday July 25th at 3pm. Anyone may attend, but only paid members will be allowed to vote on any agenda items requiring approval.

• The Shelby County History Awards Dinner will be held on Wednesday, August 3rd at Hillwood.

We will hold a Free Pieced Bird Quilt class at Hillwood on Sunday, August 14th from 1-4pm.  The class fee will be $20 per person, and will be taught by Julie Sefton. To sign up, please call the office at 901-386-0715.

Join us for a garden-to-table party celebrating tomato season! Visitors will have the opportunity to sample ten varieties of tomatoes grown in our kitchen garden, along with tomato dishes, drinks, and accompaniments.The tomato tasting will be held Saturday, August 20th from 12-4pm in our kitchen garden (behind the manor house). Admission is $5, and includes a tour of the manor house.

• Davies Manor will host a reenactment of the skirmish of Morning Sun on September 10th and 11th. If you would like to volunteer or support this event with a financial contribution to Davies Manor, please call Nancy McDonough at 901-386-0715 or email

• Our annual quilt show will be held the first full weekend of November, on the 4th, 5th, and 6th. If you have quilts that you would like to exhibit, the form for entry will be available on our website after September 15th.


The Mission of the Davies Manor Association, Inc. is to preserve and enhance Davies Manor Plantation as a portrayal of early Shelby County farm life for the education and enjoyment of visitors.

In this edition

  • Vision and Hearing Impaired Summer Camp Visit
  • Teachers' Luncheon
  • New Gardens
  • Website Update
  • Upcoming Events

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Call or e-mail to find out how!

We have many volunteer opportunities available.

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3570 Davieshire Drive
Bartlett, TN 38133

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