La Vergne School, 1877-1884

LA VERGNE SCHOOL 1877-1884 was bound on the southwest by the Nashville-Murfreesboro Turnpike, on the east by W.M. Walden, and on the northwest by W. G. Akin. The names W.M. Walden and W. G. Akin are on the 1878 Beers Map. On January 4, 1877, James M. Cowley and wife…

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Sinking Creek School 1843-1924

SINKING CREEK SCHOOL 1843-1924 was in District 2, north of La Vergne and east of the present Stones River Road. The school was near Dr. Ewing’s and Judge William Mason’s homes in the present Hollandale area. The SINKING CREEK SCHOOL was also the Sinking Creek Church until theHollandale Church was…

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Greenwood School (aka ‘Seed Tick’) 1878-c1922

GREENWOOD SCHOOL, sometimes called SEED TICK 1878-c 1922, in the old fifth and new first District was first on a farm owned by Caleb Swain on Lamar Road about one mile north of the present Jefferson Pike. It was near the Fall Creek. GREENWOOD SCHOOL was next located about one-half…

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Bryant’s Grove School (Black) 1880-c1940

BRYANTS GROVE SCHOOL BLACK 1880-c1940 was on the south side of Couchville Pike near the Davidson County line. It was on land given for a school and church by Henry Bryant and wife on August 28, 1880 and by Will Bryant and wife Hattie on January 13, 1913. The two…

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First United Methodist Church celebrates 200 years!

March 26, 2020, Jason Reynolds The Murfreesboro Post First United Methodist Church is celebrating its bicentennial throughout this year, with activities including tours at its original downtown sites and the Windrow Campground, where a revival once broke out in Rutherford County. “Two-hundred years is an extremely significant moment in the…

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The Ransom School House, 1976

March 26, 2020, from the Digital Archives of the Rutherford County Historical Society The Ransom School House has been beautiful restored and maintained since this photo was taken c1976, most likely by Dr. Bealer Smotherman, longtime professor at Middle Tennessee State University and local historian. Bealer was alo an avid…

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WGNS Continues as Historical Radio Powerhouse

March 23, 2020, Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal Standby….and Action! WGNS Radio has 72 years of deep and time-honored history in Murfreesboro. There were 10,000 residents in the city when the station signed on the air on New Year’s Eve of 1946. At the time, there were no local…

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2020 Show & Tell

March 16, Oaklands Mansion Wow – what to say about the 2019 edition of the annual RCHS Show & Tell. More than fifty local history enthusiasts enjoyed a meal provided by Carriage Lane Reception House on the grounds of the historic Oaklands Mansion.

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Legendary MTSU Baseball Coach Steve Peterson Passes Away

March 12, 2020, WGNS Radio Steve Peterson, the all-time winningest coach in Middle Tennessee baseball history, has passed away. Peterson, 68, died at St. Thomas Hospital Wednesday night after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week. A family spokesperson indicated there will be a private funeral ceremony for family…

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Public Meeting On Downtown Mixed Use Development

March 9, 2020, WGNS Radio From www.wgnsradio.com: (MURFREESBORO) Around 150 residents were at Monday (3/9/2020) night’s Town Hall Meeting to learn more about the massive downtown project where the Methodist church once was located. The meeting was held across the street in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church. The development…

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April 9, 1985 – Riverdale Tennessee Team

You just never know what the dedicated volunteers at the Rutherford County Historical Society will come across when conducting research. The 1985 Riverdale High School Tennis Team: Patrick McFarlin, Chris Taylor, Mark Hardison, Phil Clark and Chris Bell. Back Row: Coach Martha LaLance, Hunter McFarlin, Rick Kinnard, Matt Byrnes, John…

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Lack of Private Funds Ended Murfreesboro Hospital Plans

March 5, Greg Tucker,, The Rutherford County Historical Society With funding from the philanthropic Commonwealth Fund, the first hospital in Rutherford County opened in 1927, but the Rutherford Hospital facility was not the first planned for Murfreesboro. A private venture in 1911, Murfreesboro Hospital Company, may have been abandoned for…

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Murfreesboro Mayors: 31-35

March 3, 2020, A Series by Barry Lamb Reed, Robert Donnell was born on May 3, 1832 in Rutherford County to James and Eleanor Rankin Reed. His paternal grandparents were Revolutionary War soldier John Nash Reed and Mary Barksdale Reed, who came to the Jefferson area of Rutherford County from…

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Stickney and Griffis Drug Store

March 3, 2020, March/April Froe Chips, written by Richard Stickney My Grandfather, Richard H. Stickney, was a pharmacist and a chemist. He had a Drug Store on the square for sixty years. He made medications. He had shelves of chemicals and liquids. He also knew the history of each medicine…

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Hillcrest, also known as, The Crest

March 3, 2020, March/April Froe Chips, written and researched by Barry Lamb “It was in this home, with its red brick walls and tall white columns, that five hundred persons attended what has been called the ‘most beautiful wedding celebration ever held in Murfreesboro’.” These words, written by Mary Boddie…

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Ransom School House Offers Historical Conversations

February 27, 2020, Lee Rennick, The Rutherford Source On Saturdays at the old Ransom School House, history is not dull facts memorized from a school book, but it is a provocative conversation about stories of people and events that have passed. The same people and events that laid the foundation…

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