Moving County Seat Quieted Village

Ann Betts, The Nashville Tennessean, June 20, 1984 Old Jefferson – The summer quiet of this rural community was broken only by two youngsters bicycling by the church.  Old gaunt cedars shade the antebellum homes from the dust of the road, where newer homes stand.   But according to a…

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Pickled Apple Fueled School Rivalry

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, September 19, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society “It was in a big, old glass jar,” says Bobby Huddleston, remembering his years from 1946 to 1949 at Murfreesboro Central High School. “And it looked like a pickled apple.” In the…

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First County ‘Poorhouse’ on Cripple Creek

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, September 5, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Rutherford County’s first tax-funded “welfare program” was initiated over 170 years ago on Cripple Creek. The Tennessee General Assembly enacted legislation in 1826 authorizing all Tennessee counties to levy a tax…

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Famous Writers Made This Home

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, August 22, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society From different generations, they both knew fame.  One came to Rutherford to establish her legacy, and left only litigation.  The other came to die.  Andre Norton was a prolific…

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Bradley Academy has Confusing History

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, August 15, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Even married historians Homer and Mable Pittard could not agree.  Mable reported that Samuel Black, the first teacher, came from Gallatin, and that a Jefferson area land owner donated the land…

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KKK March Protested New Church

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, July 25, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society A Union general, a New York donor and the Ku Klux Klan were involved in the early years of the Catholic Church in Rutherford County. According to local church history, the…

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Mink Slide Mammals were only Human

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, February 21, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Where a mink has been going to and from the water, the bank will be worn smooth and bare. We call that a “mink slide.” The office of the city attorney…

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Bradley Academy dates back to 1811

Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post, January 24, 2010 Did you know Rutherford County nearly had its first school before it had a Courthouse? Did you know Rutherford County nearly had its first school before it had a Courthouse?  After several years of being established on paper, Bradley Academy opened in…

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This Lytle added fame to family name

Mike West, the Murfreesboro Post, January 10, 2010 The day before Christmas in 1902, a baby was born to Murfreesboros founding family, the Lytles.  He was the son of hard-working Robert Logan Lytle and Lillie Belle Nelson.  An ancestor, William Lytle, had donated the land for Murfreesboro in 1811, only…

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