The Farmstead

As a common fixture on the 19th century landscape, the family farmstead was at the heart of rural existence during that era. Families toiled on the farm growing a wide assortment of staple crops to meet their day-to-day needs.  Cotton was the principal cash crop and was also utilized on the farm.  The family farm of the antebellum period was characterized by its small acreage and subsistence lifestyle.

The Ames Plantation’s replica 19th century farmstead consists of a collection of log structures, relocated from the Ames Plantation land base as well as from the surrounding countryside. The assembly of buildings, including a dogtrot cabin, smoke house, corn crib, two slave cabins, and a blacksmith shop, are arranged and furnished in a fashion typical of an 1840's/1850's southwestern Tennessee family farmstead. The farmstead’s purpose is to preserve these representative examples of the region’s 19th century architecture while serving as an educational facility for the local community. As a destination for school field trips, students receive details of local history, as well as steps that everyone can take to help preserve our cultural heritage.

The Farmstead is currently open for visits by appointment. If you, or your group, would like to arrange for a tour of the facility call (901) 878-1067 for details. School groups are welcome!