browser icon
You are using an insecure version of your web browser. Please update your browser!
Using an outdated browser makes your computer unsafe. For a safer, faster, more enjoyable user experience, please update your browser today or try a newer browser.

Monday, May 18, 2015, Regular Meeting – 7 pm at Rutherford Co. Archives, 435 Rice Street, Murfreesboro

Speaker: Bethany Hawkins, Program Manager for American Association for State and Local History.

Powell's Chapel Baptist Church, c1976

Powell’s Chapel Baptist Church, c1976

Prior to joining the staff of AASLH, Bethany was Director of Marketing at the Lane Motor Museum.  She also spent seven years as Executive Director of the Sam Davis Home and Museum in Smyrna as well as several years as an interpreter and administrative assistant at the historic site.  Bethany has a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Arts with an emphasis in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University.  She is a Rutherford County native and currently lives in the Walter Hill community with her husband and two children.

Bethany Hawkins will speak on “Powell’s Chapel: A Church and Community.”  Her presentation will focus on the first hundred years of the history of Powell’s Chapel Baptist Church and the stories of the people who founded the church and the changes experienced by the congregation and community from 1875 to 1975.


Central Magnet School Exhibit

Oh, how many memories our Society must have of Central High/Central Middle/now Central Magnet School.  Please click the photo below for photos from the ongoing Central Magnet School Exhibit.


Dr. E.C. Tolbert discussing the rich history of Central High School

Show and Tell Night

Show and tell was a hit!  We had three-dozen local history enthusiast in attendance learning about items such as a ‘frow’ (froe), a book about the 321st Regiment (WWI) and a 6-pound artillery round.

Please click here to see more photos and stories from our annual Show and Tell.

Mike Liles and Dr. E.C. Tolbert

Mike Liles and Dr. E.C. Tolbert

Frances Victory

Frances Victory

D.C. 'Jim' Daniel

D.C. ‘Jim’ Daniel


NEW: RCHS Logo Items

Did you know the Rutherford County Historical Society is offering logo items for sale?  We will have three items for sale at Monday night’s meeting, January 19.  Ask your friends to join the Society so they too can enjoy the benefits of membership while supporting our local history.

Currently these items are not available for purchase online so be sure to attend Monday night’s meeting and/or visit the Ransom School House Museum Saturday mornings from 9AM-noon.

Member prices for hats $10, coffee mugs $8, one pencil FREE with purchase!

Member prices for hats $10, coffee mugs $8, one pencil FREE with purchase!


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.







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:

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
Chairman of Committees:  Jeff Adcock
Landscape Chairman:  E.C. Tolbert
Publication Chairman:  Vicki Norton

2014-2015 RCHS Board

2014-2015 Rutherford County Historical Society Board