Explore the Confederate hero's boyhood home.. In Short Captured by Union soldiers during the Civil War, Davis was offered release in exchange for Confederate secrets. His refusal earned Davis a place in history. Davis's childhood home, 20 minutes outside Nashville, allows visitors to explore a typical middle-class family home of the 1820s. A guided tour takes visitors through the main house and out into the slave quarters, all built on 168 acres along the banks of Stewarts Creek.