1972 Polk Hotel Ad

The Daily News Journal, October 3, 1972 The James K. Polk Hotel operated at 200 East Main Street, current site of SunTrust bank, from 1927 till razed in 1977.

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May 21, 1908 Goldstein’s ad

May 21, 1908, ‘The News Banner’, Murfreesboro, Tennessee The ‘News Banner’ was in business in Murfreesboro from 1899-1931.  The News Banner was formed when The Murfreesboro News and the Independent Banner merged in 1899.  

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National Register of Historic Places – Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church

November 1, 2018, National Register of Historic Places The ‘National Register’ is a phenomenal source of information regarding historic homes.  Search their database and you will find 49 properties as of November 1, 2018. The following ‘Register’ entry is dated February 27, 1995: The Allen Chapel A.M.E. stands immediately east…

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Historic church sale coming soon to council

October 11, 2018, Scott Broden, the Daily News Journal Investors seeking a $70 million mixed-use redevelopment of the historic former First United Methodist Church will enter into a $1.8 million purchase agreement with the Murfreesboro City Council, officials said. ‘They are ready to spend some money,’ Assistant City Manager Gary Whitaker told the council during a Wednesday…

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Church redevelopment to return before council

October 9, 2018, Scott Broden, the Daily News Journal Updated efforts to redevelop downtown’s historic former First United Methodist Church into a restaurant, condos, hotel, parking garage, offices and shops will be part of Wednesday’s Murfreesboro City Council workshop. The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers on…

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Bethel Church marks 200 years

Jason Reynolds, The Murfreesboro Post, September 25, 2018 A congregation in the Bethel community is celebrating the church’s 200th anniversary and a connection to the foundations of the Methodist denomination in America. Bethel United Methodist Church was founded in 1818. The founder was evangelist Ebenezer MacGowan, a British native who…

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The Peddler

Sadie Fowler, VIP Murfreesboro, September 5, 2018 More than 45 years ago two local women put their heads together to talk business, and what unfolded has been a Murfreesboro icon ever since — it’s called The Peddler, for short. Jane Jones and Mary Ann Richardson, both Rutherford County natives, met…

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The Story of Walter Hill

southernrootsandbranches.wordpress.com, by Billy Pittard, July 15, 2018 I grew up feeling that Walterhill, Tennessee was my true home: the place where my roots were deepest.  My maternal grandparents Ruth and Blackburn Batey lived at the crossroads of Jefferson Pike and Lebanon Road – which is arguably the heart of Walterhill. …

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