Hillcrest, also known as, The Crest

March 3, 2020, March/April Froe Chips, written and researched by Barry Lamb “It was in this home, with its red brick walls and tall white columns, that five hundred persons attended what has been called the ‘most beautiful wedding celebration ever held in Murfreesboro’.” These words, written by Mary Boddie…

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Grantlands

Middle Tennessee State University, Spring 2011 Explorations in Public History Class In the dawning years of the 1800s, the Murfree family built Grantlands, a beautiful antebellum mansion and estate on over 1,000 acres of land in Rutherford County, Tennessee.  By 1863, the plantation was in ruins, the house was destroyed, and the area was…

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House finds a new home

Greg Campbell, The Daily News Journal, May 22, 1983 Time, weather and vandals were taking a toll on a stately house on East Main Street, most often called the ‘old Elrod House.’ After developers bought the 1.5 acre site at 926 East Main Street, the house itself was given to…

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