Rutherford County Court House

Condensed from “Annals of Rutherford County., Volume I” by John Spence In 1991, the Rutherford County Historical Society published three books developed from the various diaries of lifelong Murfreesboro resident John Cedric Spence. The reader will notice errors in spelling and sentence structure.  However, the Rutherford County Historical Society felt…

Continue reading

Agee’s Aggravators, 1969

October 21, 1969, The Daily News Journal Were YOU an Agee’s ‘Agrivator’? Who remembers L.D. Agee? Mr. Agee was an icon of giving throughout Rutherford County. Mr. Agee opened Agee’s Sporting Goods at 312 North Maple Street, present day Judicial Center (2020), moving to the Mercury Blvd. location in 1989.

Continue reading

1968 – The 300 block of S.E. Broad Street

The billboard reads ‘Bill Will Build Better Roads’; W.H. ‘Bill’ Wilson.  Bill Wilson was Sheriff Wilson in 1968, then decided to run for Road Superintendent. Mr. Wilson edged out incumbent Edwin Todd 5,715 to 5,366 in the May 12, 1968 Democratic primary.  11,144 Rutherford Countians voted in the Democratic primary…

Continue reading

The “Rotary Ann’s” of Murfreesboro

The Daily News Journal, May 7, 1934 The Rotary Anns are mentioned 108 times in the Daily News Journal, dating from 1927 till 1972, meeting at locations such as the Women’s Club, the James K. Polk Hotel, Middle Tennessee State Teachers College (present day MTSU), even the old Seward Air…

Continue reading

WGNS Continues as Historical Radio Powerhouse

March 23, 2020, Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal Standby….and Action! WGNS Radio has 72 years of deep and time-honored history in Murfreesboro. There were 10,000 residents in the city when the station signed on the air on New Year’s Eve of 1946. At the time, there were no local…

Continue reading

2020 Show & Tell

March 16, Oaklands Mansion Wow – what to say about the 2019 edition of the annual RCHS Show & Tell. More than fifty local history enthusiasts enjoyed a meal provided by Carriage Lane Reception House on the grounds of the historic Oaklands Mansion.

Continue reading

Public Meeting On Downtown Mixed Use Development

March 9, 2020, WGNS Radio From www.wgnsradio.com: (MURFREESBORO) Around 150 residents were at Monday (3/9/2020) night’s Town Hall Meeting to learn more about the massive downtown project where the Methodist church once was located. The meeting was held across the street in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church. The development…

Continue reading

April 9, 1985 – Riverdale Tennis Team

You just never know what the dedicated volunteers at the Rutherford County Historical Society will come across when conducting research. The 1985 Riverdale High School Tennis Team: Patrick McFarlin, Chris Taylor, Mark Hardison, Phil Clark and Chris Bell. Back Row: Coach Martha LaLance, Hunter McFarlin, Rick Kinnard, Matt Byrnes, John…

Continue reading

Ransom School House Offers Historical Conversations

February 27, 2020, Lee Rennick, The Rutherford Source On Saturdays at the old Ransom School House, history is not dull facts memorized from a school book, but it is a provocative conversation about stories of people and events that have passed. The same people and events that laid the foundation…

Continue reading