The First Battle of Murfreesboro at Oaklands Mansion

July 13, 2019, Oaklands Mansion, Murfreesboro, Tennessee The time was 0400, 13 July, 1862. The place was the Maney Plantation, north of the sleepy town of Murfreesborough, Tennessee. Colonel Nathan Bedford Forrest used surprise, daring and military genius to surprise and defeated the 9th Michigan in the shadow of Oaklands…

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Rutherford County Cemeteries Driving Tour Brochure

Several historical preservation organizations collaborated on this brochure including: Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation, Rutherford County Historical Society, Rutherford County Archives, Rutherford County OIT/GIS, and Bradley Academy Museum & Cultural Center.

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Brackin School

Compiled from ‘Rutherford County Schools to 1972’ by the Rutherford County Historical Society, published 1986 BRACKIN SCHOOL fl. 1878 was located on the south side of the old Jefferson Pike, near the railroad, and in the area now known as the Smyrna Air Base. The site of the school and…

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Cedar Grove School

Compiled from ‘Rutherford County Schools to 1972’ by the Rutherford County Historical Society, published 1986 CEDAR GROVE SCHOOL before 1897-1936 was located in the area between the old Nashville Highway and the present Interstate Highway. It was on the east side of Cedar Grove Road about one-half mile north of…

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Revitalizing Ransom

June 13, 2005, Doug Davis, The Daily News Journal Historic group plans to revive former private school on Academy A historic preservation group is hoping to restore an 1800s brick home on North Academy Street – the Eliza Ransom Private School – and fill it with classrooms of children once…

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Monday, July 15, 7:00PM

Monday, July 15, Rutherford County Archive, 435 Rice Street: Tim James will present the amazing journey of his father – Edsel Ford James – and the Three Ten Pipe and Tobacco Shop once located on East main Street.

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Monday, August 19, 7:00PM

Monday, August 19, Rutherford County Archive, 435 Rice Street: Judge Ben Hall McFarlin will share the story of Civil War sharpshooter Jack Hinson and how Mr. Hinson’s one-of-a-kind Civil War rifle made its way to Rutherford County…

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Plans FINALIZED To Develop 1-Square Block Downtown

June 28, 2019, WGNS Radio (MURFREESBORO) The City of Murfreesboro finalized the closing Friday (6/28/2019) with One East College, LLC on downtown property for the area’s first mixed-use development. The development, on property known as the former First United Methodist Church location, will incorporate office, residential, retail, restaurant, and hotel…

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Historian – Community Leader Frank Caperton Honored

June 27, 2019, WGNS Radio State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) recognized Frank Caperton of Murfreesboro with a House Proclamation for his outstanding work as president of the Rutherford County Historical Society and his leadership in the local community. Caperton moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee to attend Middle Tennessee State University in…

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Monday, June 17, 7:00PM

Monday, June 17, Rutherford County Archive, 435 Rice Street: Senator Andy Womack will be sharing his experiences from Central high School, to his service in Vietnam, to his twelve years as a senator in the Tennessee General Assembly. Andy and his family moved to Murfreesboro in 1957 when Andy where…

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5,000 persons see Armistice Day Air Show at Sky Harbor

November 11, 1929, The Murfreesboro News Banner (Editor note: We found this article when conducting a search for ‘how old is the Smyrna Air Show???’. This is the first article we could find containing the words ‘air show’.) BTW, the old Sky Harbor Airport was once located near the northwest…

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Rutherford County creates program to incentivize preservation

WKRN, Channel 2, May 30, 2019 RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Rutherford County is aiming to incentivize preservation.  Government officials told News 2 that their Historic Properties Tax Exemption program will be taking applicants by this fall.  “It’s a temporary exemption on the improvement of a historic structure for anything from ten…

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Great find caused by meeting at National Cemetery

Matt Bolch, The Daily News Journal, March 31, 1989 A coincidental meeting at the Stones River National Cemetery led to a great find about the Park. About four years ago while having a program at the cemetery, Superintended Don Magee noticed a falimy putting a pot of yellow mums on…

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Gen. Palmer renowned for bravery, fidelity

Mike West, Daily News Journal, March 31, 1989 Even the most probing look at the old Palmer residence on East Main Street does little to reveal the character of the battle-scarred general who built it. Joseph benjamin Palmer, lawyer turned soldier, built the massive Victorian-styled structure following the Civil War…

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Skatecenter of Murfreesboro

Daily News Journal, March 31, 1989 Mid-State Roller Rink began operation in Rutherford County on April 1, 1955. It was located on Lascassas Hwy. (now the Old Lascassas Hwy.) in a 5,000 square foot building located at the intersection of Northfield Blvd and Old Lascassas Hwy. One June 6, 1960,…

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Davis was a brave man who laughed ’til the end

Sam Stockard, The Daily News Journal, March 31, 1989 “He was a brave man, and if ever a man died game, he did, for he talked and laughed with his executioners till the very last.” Ironically, the words were written by a Union soldier after he witnessed the hanging in…

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Rutherford painfully aware of heritage

John McGlone, The Daily News Journal, March 31, 1989 Commentary from Dr. John McGlone, Middle Tennessee State University Southerners are acutely – sometimes painfully – aware of their heritage, and Rutherford Countians are no exception. The 30th century is often perceived as too crowded, fast-paced, stressful and less genteel, while…

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