Griffin Rutherford drove away Indians, bought land

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, October 11, 2009 By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society As part of the 1776 campaign to clear the Cherokee from the region that is now upper east Tennessee, General Griffith Rutherford, with a militia of 2,400, “destroyed thirty-six…

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Transportation was Major Concern in Early Days

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, September 27, 2009 By Mike West, Managing Editor In Rutherford County’s early days, getting from one point to another was a major concern. Yep, we are talking about roads, which in the early days, weren’t much more than paths created by landowners and…

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In Search of Uriah Stone

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Sunday, July 19, 2009 Maybe the name Uriah Stone tickles something in your memory? But more likely, not. Uriah was perhaps the first white man to travel up the stream now named in his honor. Yes, Stones River is named after this…

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When Elvis was King, Murphy ruled

The Murfreesboro Post, Erin Edgemon Elvis Presley, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, The Who, The Beach Boys and Garth Brooks; all are legendary musicians who have sold millions of records. But there’s something else that these performers have in common. They all performed at Murphy Center on the MTSU campus during…

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From Wife to Widow in 630 days

Shirley Farris Jones, The Murfreesboro Post, January 6, 2008 Gen. John Hunt Morgan made his miraculous escape from the Columbus, Ohio prison on Nov. 27, 1863 (the day his daughter was born) and managed to reach his beloved wife Mattie in time for Christmas. It was later felt that John’s…

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The President is coming to … old Murfreesborough

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, December 16, 2007 By Mike West, Managing Editor Murfreesboro is in the midst of a joyous Christmas celebration, 2007 style. Some 145 years earlier, the jubilation was similar, but for a much different reason. The President was coming to the bustling little town…

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CSA Scout Dewitt Jobe died horrible death

MURFREESBORO POST, MIKE WEST, 10/07/2007 Most Rutherford County school children have at least been exposed to the story of Sam Davis, “the boy hero of the Confederacy.” Davis was a member of Coleman’s Scouts, a unit that worked behind Union lines collecting and delivering information and disrupting Union operations in…

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A Story of Cherry Shade, LaVergne, Tennessee

Written by James L. Chrisman for the Rutherford County Historical Society publication no. 16, Winter, 1981 (click here to purchase a copy for only $0.50!) All of us who love to refresh and enlighten our minds by breaking away from the cares and tensions of the day, and glance back over…

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Cherry Shade was a Hospital

The following is from ‘Hearthstones, the story of historic Rutherford County Homes’, by Mary B. Hughes, 1942.   The long train of wagons bear­ing supplies for the Federal army moved down the Nashville turn­pike toward the little village of LaVergne. Now and then the steady crunching of the wheels rolling…

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