The Ransom School House, 1976

March 26, 2020, from the Digital Archives of the Rutherford County Historical Society The Ransom School House has been beautiful restored and maintained since this photo was taken c1976, most likely by Dr. Bealer Smotherman, longtime professor at Middle Tennessee State University and local historian. Bealer was alo an avid…

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Revitalizing Ransom

June 13, 2005, Doug Davis, The Daily News Journal Historic group plans to revive former private school on Academy A historic preservation group is hoping to restore an 1800s brick home on North Academy Street – the Eliza Ransom Private School – and fill it with classrooms of children once…

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Miss (Eliza) Ransom, 70, dies last night

(Published October 28, 2018) The Daily News Journal, September 20, 1935 (Ed. note:  Miss Eliza Ransom and sister Belle Ransom operated the Ransom School at 717 North Academy Street, Murfreesboro, for more than 40 years.  Today, the RCHS is honored to care and use the old Ransom School House as…

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Steve Lane of Cedar Barrens Homes

Steve Lane of Cedar Barrens Homes interviews RCHS President Frank Caperton, June 7, 2018 Cedar Barrens Homes is remodeling the home located at 422 North Academy, the intersection of Academy and Bell Streets in Murfreesboro.  The home resembles the Ransom School House.

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Arnette Family hands over keys to Ransom School

Thanks to the generosity of the heirs of late author and Murfreesboro historian C.B. Arnette, the Rutherford County Historical Society has a new home. Cheryl Arnette Sommardahl, C.B.’s daughter, handed the keys to the refurbished Ransom School to members of the Rutherford County Historical Society at the structure on Academy…

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Held for Ransom

Murfreesboro Post, July 27, 2010 Long, overgrown blades of grass reach for the sky as they creep in around the sides of the small dilapidated domicile. Warped sheets of plywood struggle to stay wedged in old window frames, the only barriers to the outside elements. Sad red bricks sag from…

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