Located on the southeastern outskirts of Nashville, Smyrna was originally established as an agricultural community in the early 19th century. It is famously the home of Sam Davis, a Confederate soldier who was charged with spying and hanged for refusing to offer any information to the Union Army.
Things to do in Smyrna
In the south of Smyrna is Gregory Mill Park, a popular recreational space with children’s play equipment and a splash pad. You can stretch your legs on the paved walking trail, relax on the wooded creek banks or cook up a storm at the barbecue facilities. On the other side of Smyrna is the Lee Victory Recreation Park with its tennis courts and athletic facilities.
Keen golfers can enjoy a round at the Smyrna Golf Course, which features an 18-hole regulation course and a 9-hole executive course, plus a well-stocked pro shop. You can practice your swing at the driving range or develop your short-range game at the practice bunker and putting green. Also on site is a foot golf course, which combines both soccer and golf.
One of Smyrna’s most important historical buildings is Sam Davis House, which is dedicated to the life and legacy of the young soldier who has become popularly known as the “Boy Hero of the Confederacy”. Originally built as a log cabin, the home was remodelled by Sam’s father with the Greek Revival-style porch seen today. In addition to offering guided tours of its period-furnished rooms, the museum hosts seasonal ghost tours.
Getting around Smyrna
Smyrna is around 30 minutes’ drive from the centre of Nashville and Nashville International Airport, which has flights to destinations across North America. Regular buses connect to Smyrna, although renting a car will give you greater freedom to explore the area.