Saturday, December 3, 4PM-8PM: Oaklands Mansion Candlelight Tour of Homes!


The Rutherford County Historical Society is very honored to one again be a part of Oaklands Mansion Candlelight Tour of Homes this weekend!

From www.oaklandsmansion.org: Usher in the holiday season with an enchanting tour of historic homes and landmarks. The 33rd Annual Oaklands Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes will be December 3, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The tour, presented by Oaklands Mansion and Franklin Synergy Bank, will feature beautiful and historic homes and distinctive churches. The cornerstone of the tour is the grand Oaklands Mansion where interpreters in period attire will guide you through the rich history of this gracious home.

The proceeds of the tour make possible the continued preservation and educational programming of this historic treasure.  Purchase advance tickets (either online at OaklandsMansion.org or in the museum shop) by 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 1 and receive a special price of $12.50 for adults.  Admission is $15.00 per adult at the door, $5.00 students and children, free for ages 5 and under. On the night of the tour, tickets can be purchased at any home on the tour or at Oaklands’ Museum Shop.

“The Candlelight Tour of Homes has been a Middle Tennessee tradition thirty-three years in the making,” said James Manning, Executive Director.  “Tour goers love that they can begin at any location and if they have not already purchased a ticket in advance at OaklandsMansion.org, they can buy one at any home on the tour.  The churches are free, of course!  You will have the option to walk the tour route, drive, or you may choose to move your car a time or two. You can find the tour route on our website when you buy tickets on-line. Each stop will be marked with a red sign and flickering candles. As you make your way, you will enjoy the melodies of carolers from local schools and churches. On the lawn of Oaklands Baptist Church, see a live nativity displayed by Southeast Baptist Church’s Bethlehem Marketplace. Be sure to stop by some of our favorite food trucks and have dinner, a snack, or just a warm beverage. A portion of their proceeds will be given back to support Education and Preservation at Oaklands Mansion!”

Stops along the holiday tour include these historic buildings:

  • Oaklands Mansion, 900 North Maney Avenue
  • Oaklands Park Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 711 North Maney Avenue
  • Mr. & Mrs. Rhea Cole, 619 North Maney Avenue
  • Mrs. Deneen Glidwell, Dreamingincolor, 504 North Maney Avenue
  • Mr. & Mrs. Darrell Patrick- Carriage Lane Inn, 413 North Maney Avenue
  • Mr. Bobby Turman & Ms. Sheryl Miller- Hippie Haven, 420 East Burton Street
  • Mr. & Mrs. Rob Baker- One Cute Dish, 217 North Maney Avenue
  • Allen Chapel, A.M.E. Church, 224 South Maney Avenue
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jim Smythe, The Collier-Crichlow-Smythe House, 511 East Main Street
  • Drs. Elizabeth & Robert Bray, 521 East Main Street
  • First Baptist Church, 200 East Main Street
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 315 East Main Street
  • First Presbyterian Church, 210 North Spring Street
  • The Woman’s Club, 221 East College Street
  • Ms. Sandi Baylis, The Childress-Ray House, 225 North Academy Street
  • Mr. Michael Graves & Mr. Doug Willard, 304 East Lytle Street
  • Ms. Tracy Toy, Quinn’s Mercantile, 301 North Spring Street
  • The Ransom School House, 717 North Academy Street

The 2016 Candlelight Tour of Homes is made possible through the generous support of: Franklin Synergy Bank, H&N Heating & Air Conditioning, Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Bell with HylaBrook Antique Mall, Mrs. Melinda Haines, Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Johnson, Mr. & Mrs. William Ledbetter, Mr. & Mrs. Don Midgett, Tim Montgomery CPA PLLC, Mr. & Mrs. Greg Sample, Sellers & Sellers, PLLC Attorneys at Law, Mr. & Mrs. David Sevier, Mr. & Mrs. Tommy Smith, Mr. & Mrs. Ben Weatherford, and Mr. & Mrs. Don Weatherspoon.

Tour of Jefferson, Saturday, October 29, 10AM

East Fork Recreation Area, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Jefferson native Toby Francis sharing his wealth of memories with a large group of local historians.

Jefferson native Toby Francis sharing his wealth of memories with a large group of local historians.

Past RCHS President and Jefferson native Toby Francis gave a tour to a large group of local history enthusiasts Saturday, October 29.  The weather was unusually warm yet we all enjoyed Toby’s tour of ‘Old Jefferson’.

Toby Francis grew up in Jefferson.  Toby’s gift of being a master communicator certainly was on display as he shared story after story regarding Old Jefferson and Jefferson Springs.

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Please click www.rutherfordtnhistory.org/a-history-of-rutherford-county/watch-and-listen to watch video from past tours.


RCHS Publications 1-39 are now available online!

The Rutherford County Historical Society put out publications of the county’s history from the first year the Society was formed.  During the first years two publications a year were produced and available to dues-paying members. The publications were about 80-100 pages in length. Later because of printing costs, there was just one publication per year; then every other year, until Publication 39.  Frow Chips as a 10-page newsletter/history periodical which began in 2003 replaced these publications. Publications 1-39 were to be mailed to members who had paid dues, which proved to be expensive and mailing was discontinued, and is why we still have some of them on hand in our storeroom at the Ransom School Museum. Some of Publications 1-39 are out of print, but we still have others which can be purchased for 50¢.  MTSU’s digital library has made all these publications available on-line at: http://digital.mtsu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/rchshttp://digital.mtsu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/rchs

Our Rutherford County Archive

Please click on the above logo to visit the Rutherford County Archive site.

Please click on the above logo to visit the Rutherford County Archive site.

The Archives’ staff can assist you with researching county government records, genealogy requests, historical property information, class assignments, and so much more.

Information and/or requests concerning actual copies of court records may be obtained from the Rutherford County Archives, 435 Rice Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130, (615) 867-4609 or http://www.rutherfordcountytn.gov/archives/index.htm

Rutherford County Historical Society Officers:

President: Frank Caperton
Vice-President: Margie Weatherford
Secretary: Bonnie Black
Treasurer: Gwendolyn Hopkins Boyd
Program Chairmen: Dr. E. C. Tolbert
Editor: Susan G. Daniel
Web Master: Frank Caperton

(L-R) Joyce Johnson, Bonnie Black, Gwen Boyd, Dr. E.C. Tolbert, Margie Weatherford, Frank Caperton, Toby Francis, Lisa Ramsay, Susan Daniel

(L-R) Joyce Johnson, Bonnie Black, Gwen Boyd, Dr. E.C. Tolbert, Margie Weatherford, Frank Caperton, Toby Francis, Lisa Ramsay, Susan Daniel

Board Members:

James “Toby” Francis
Vicki Norton
Greg Tucker
Lisa Ramsay
Joyce Johnson

Rutherford County Historical Society Chairmanships

Museum Coordinator:  Gwen Boyd
Chairman of Committees:  Jeff Adcock
Landscape Chairman:  E.C. Tolbert
Publication Chairman:  Vicki Norton

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