RCHS Publication No. 12, 1979 (Winter)

Publication No. 12 If variety is the spi ce of life, the Publication No. 12 of the Rutherford County Historical Society is a fitting intercalation to an afterpiece for Publication No. 11 and an exordium for Publication No. 13. This edition of the historical records of Rutherford County contains an…

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Ideal Social Club, 1953

The Rutherford Courier, August 18, 1953 The Ideal Society Club consisted of a group of community servants who believed in fun, fellowship and service! The first mention of the Ideal Social Club in the Daily News Journal was October 3, 1933 (the club began meeting in 1932) when the Club…

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RCHS Monthly Field Trip to Batey Farm

September 11, 2021, Batey Farm The 400 acre Batey Farm, located west of Murfreesboro in the community of Blackman, is the oldest ‘Century Farm’ in Rutherford County having been established in 1807. John L. Batey gave a wonderful tour of the family cemetery, the Batey Farm store, and shared cool,…

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2021 Sam Davis Home Heritage Day

September 10, 2021, Sam Davis Home, Smyrna, Tennessee Kids and adults alike enjoyed the annual Heritage Day at Smyrna’s historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation. Heritage Day began in 1987 and seemingly grows each year. Sam Davis Home Executive Director Jenny Lamb says, “This year we have more than 600…

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RCHS Publication No. 11, 1978 (Summer)

Publication No. 11 This volume represents the second publication for 1978 and, following past practice, each member or family membership, receives a copy as a kind of “refund” for the Society membership duos. Thus, membership in the Rutherford County Historical Society must be regarded as one of the most compelling…

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Local Historian Bill Wilson in 1994

February 20, 1994, The Daily News Journal You just never what the researchers at the Rutherford County Historical Society will come across… Local historian Bill Wilson in the February 20, 1994 edition of the Daily News Journal:

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RCHS Publication No. 10, 1978 (Winter)

Publication No. 10 The founding fathers and mothers of the Rutherford County Historical Society were motivated by one overriding desire: to create among Rutherford Countians – an interest in the heritage of their community. Of course there were important subsidiary reasons, the social factor not being the least. Many people…

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2021 Annual Show & Tell Banquet

Monday, August 16, 2021, Murfreesboro’s Carriage Lane Reception House Monday, August 16, 2021 saw more than 45 local historians share stories and artifacts at Murfreesboro’s Carriage Lane Reception House.

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I always passed Captain Jackson’s Grave with Respect

August 10, 2021, Rutherford County Commissioner Pettus Read While growing up among the hillsides and rolling farmland of Middle Tennessee in the community of Versailles, I had the opportunity to experience, learn and receive an extended education in family pride and heritage. Everyone in the small community I called and…

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RCHS Monthly Field Trip – Eagleville

Saturday, August 7, 2021 What a GREAT day for the Rutherford County Historical Society! Each month THE Carol Robertson White uses her time and talents to organize a Rutherford County history ‘field trip’. People sign up, we support a locally-owned restaurant then we visit something relating to history. Today, Carol…

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Hart’s Spring history originates with Namesake of Pioneer

July 27, 2021, Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal Big Hart’s Spring is one mile west of Smyrna at the head of Hart’s Branch and carries a beautiful history within our county. These waters intersect Sam Ridley Parkway West. This large branch on Taylor’s Trace was a connecting salt spring…

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RCHS Publication No. 9, 1977 (Summer)

Publication No. 9 THE COVER Dr. James Madison Dill (1831-1916) a native of Rutherford County, for whom the community of Dilton was named, is featured on the cover of this publication. His parents were Isaac and Gilley Cooper Dill who were natives of South Carolina. The old country doctor, a…

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America W. Robinson (1855-1920) of the Fisk Jubilee Singers

July 28, 2021, Carol Robertson White of the Rutherford County Historical Society In 1866, Robinson enrolled on opening day in the new Fisk Colored School at Nashville, founded by the American Missionary Association. Her teaching career began at the age of thirteen. She earned money for tuition and living expenses…

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RCHS Publication No. 8, 1977 (Winter)

This volume is the eighth in a series begun in the summer of 1973. The Society is dedicated to the study and preservation of Rutherford County’s history, and the publications of the organization represent a major effort to achieve this goal. If this issue is as well received as the…

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‘Grantlands’

July 1, 2021, Barry Lamb Grantlands, so named because of the grant of land on which the manor house was situated, was the ancestral home of the Dickinson and Murfree families. It was once located near the intersection of West Clark Boulevard and Hamilton Drive and it is believed that…

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RCHS Publication No. 7, 1976 (Summer)

Publication 6 Index – 1976 (Winter) The Anniversary of Two Churches by Moses Cranor, 1916Minutes of Hopewell Church, 1816-1821Records of Hopewell Church 1832-1833 by Laura Lou White CoffeyHistory of Stones River Presbyterian Church by Esther CouchHistory of Cripple Creek Presbyterian Church by Miss Pearl YoureeMilitia Order from Library of Congress…

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Patriot Grave Unmarked

June 18, 1972, The Daily News Journal, Rutherford County Archivist Henry G. Wray The Bicentennial of the American Revolution is only four short years away. Many of the Patriots lie in unmarked graves in Rutherford County. The Stones River Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution are anxious to…

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