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Saturday, November 15, 2014, RCHS Annual Membership Banquet

A few pics from our Banquet Saturday evening.

RCHS Banquet


NEW: Rutherford Ramblings by Greg Tucker

'Rutherford Ramblings', the latest book from our very own Greg Tucker.

This is the latest stories and tales from Rutherford County that our County Historian has collected.  The book is now available for purchase. “Rutherford Ramblings” by Greg Tucker. Here are the latest stories and tales from Rutherford County that our County Historian has collected.  Cost: $24 + $6 shipping and handling.  Send check made to RCHS, P. O. Box 906, Murfreesboro, TN 37133-0906.







“LETTERS TO MARY,” a new publication from the Coffee County

Author Shirley Farris Jones

Author Shirley Farris Jones

Historical Society

The latest publication from Coffee County Historical Society is Letters to Mary, the Civil War Diary of Dr. John Kennerly Farris.  Dr. Farris of Hillsboro TN served as a hospital steward and assistant surgeon in Company I of the 41st Tennessee Confederate Infantry and wrote letters home to his wife Mary in the form of small diaries, which he kept until an opportunity arose for him to either mail them or send them home by someone who was traveling to Coffee County.  The diaries follow his journey through that terrible war, encompassing events of camp life, troop movements, battles, tribulations, a week’s list of menus for camp food, and even formulas for some of his medical treatments.  It is an extremely comprehensive look at that period of our history, as Dr. Farris was a meticulous record keeper, who included lists of soldiers who served in various units, those who were killed or wounded, and unit reorganizations.  These records contained many Coffee County names.  His thoughts are alternately sobering, brave, hopeful and at times lonely, as he missed his family deeply.  He even penned some lines of poetry during his capture and imprisonment. The book was originally written by Dr. Farris’s great-granddaughter, Shirley Farris Jones of Murfreesboro, Civil War historian, community activist, and author of four books about the Civil War, who inherited the diaries handed down in the family.  The book was previously published about twenty years ago, but this second printing has a great deal of added material, including many more photos and illustrations, and offers an amazing glimpse into the difficulties of life during that time from a Coffee County resident’s point of view.  The 180-page book sells for $20 plus $3.50 shipping and handling if the book is to be mailed.  To obtain the book, contact Shirley Farris Jones at 615-337-0489 or by email at   The book can also be purchased through the Coffee County Historical Society at 931-728-0145 or by e-mailing  The Historical Society office is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the historic courthouse on the square in Manchester.

Ransom School House is open on Saturday Mornings

The Eliza and Belle Ransom School House

The Eliza and Belle Ransom School House

The Ransom School House is now open on Saturdays, 9AM-12AM (noon).  If you would like to come and do research using our publications, purchase any of our publications, or just take a tour of the 1920s classroom and the building itself, someone will be there to greet you and assist you. We also need members to greet visitors. For further information or to sign up, contact: Gwen Boyd – 895-0028 Please tell your friends to visit the Ransom School House at 717 North Academy Street soon!




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:

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

Rutherford County Historical Society Officers:

President: Joyce Johnson
Vice-President: Jeff Adcock
Secretary: Teresa Wrather Kant
Treasurer: Gwendolyn Hopkins Boyd
Program Chairmen: Dr. E. C. Tolbert and Bruce Johnson
Editor: Susan G. Daniel
Web Master: Frank Caperton

Board Members:

Jonathan Fagan
James “Toby” Francis
Vicki Norton
Greg Tucker
Ben Weatherford
Nell Blankenship (Emeritus)
Ernest K. Johns (Emeritus)
Alice N. Ray (Emeritus)

Rutherford County Historical Society Chairmanships

Museum Coordinator:  Gwen Boyd
Membership Chairman:  Sandra Campbell
Hospitality Chairman:  Jeff Adcock
Chairman of Committees:  Jonathan Fagan
Landscape Chairman:  E.C. Tolbert
Publication Chairman:  Vicki Norton

2014-2015 RCHS Board

2014-2015 Rutherford County Historical Society Board