Our Beginnings

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Michelle Willard, Sunday, November 13, 2012 If there’s one thing organizers of Murfreesboro’s Bicentennial Celebration want the public to remember, it’s the importance of history. This month’s schedule includes three events that mark the beginnings of three important aspects of Murfreesboro’s history – its first…

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Memories of Cotton Days a reminder of simpler times

Gloria Shacklett Christy, The Murfreesboro Post, November 10, 2012 A morning fog lifted leaving billowing white clouds and a soft blue sky – a simply breathtaking view above the grand columns of the Rutherford County Courthouse. As falling leaves rustled and scampered across the lawn leaving a blanket of crimson…

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Early Water Source – Sand Spring – Now a City Drain

‘Remembering Rutherford’ by Greg Tucker, Rutherford County Historian Sand Spring, once a place of natural beauty and later an urban ‘mud hole’ is now part of a protected wetland and educational resource.  where water was once drawn, water is now discharged. When the Tennessee General Assembly appointed seven town commissions…

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Historic trail segment found ‘high and dry’

Duane W. Gang, The Tennessean, September 30, 2012 Hidden portion of Trail of Tears is rediscovered In the woods of the East Fork Recreation Area in northern Rutherford County – amid aging rock walls and the crumbled remnants of old streets – Pat Cummins and Toye Heape are rediscovering the…

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Confederate later became Army General

As published by the Daily News Journal, Greg Tucker, Sunday, September 23, 2012 This Confederate raider swept twice through Rutherford County intercepting Union supplies, delaying Union advances and destroying bridges. Thirty-five years later he was a brigadier general in the U. S. Army, commanding a division in the Spanish-American War.…

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Lake part of Todd plan to attract VA

As published by the Daily News Journal, Greg Tucker, Sunday, August 26, 2012 A shrewd attorney, businessman and politician, Andrew Lee Todd established his fortune and reputation in the years preceding World War I. Over the next two decades, he profited from every venture, except for two notable failures. From…

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Developer manipulated Normal school site

As published by the Daily News Journal, Greg Tucker, Sunday, August 12, 2012 Andrew Lee Todd (1872-1945) put Middle Tennessee Normal (now Middle Tennessee State University) on the east side of Murfreesboro and put himself in the middle of the resulting development. Todd was born and raised on a modest…

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War had winners, losers, seducers and hardtack

As published by the Daily News Journal, Greg Tucker, July 19, 2012 One hundred and fifty years ago today the citizens of Murfreesboro were celebrating their deliverance from Yankee occupation.  Their hero was Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.  In an early morning raid on July 13, 1862, Forrest and his…

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Legends of Lascassas known Nationwide

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Dan Whittle, Sunday, July 1, 2012 “Lascassas/ Fifteen miles from no where/ How I long to go there/ Take be back to Lascassas.” The above lyrics about an unincorporated Rutherford County community came from an impromptu-arranged song during national broadcasts, perhaps during the Lascassas…

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