Tennessee State Capitol Columns at MTSU

Many thanks to local Historian Sandra Campbell for sharing her photos of the old State Capitol columns adorning the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. These columns were present at the Tennessee State Capitol for almost ninety years till wear and tear required their replacement along with some of the outside…

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Historians search for pieces of Black history

Michelle Willard, the Daily News Journal, February 28, 2017 MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Local historians are searching for long lost pieces of African-American history in Rutherford County. Rutherford County Archivist John Lodl is on the hunt for copies of The Murfreesboro News, the town’s newspaper for the African-American community. The paper…

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A Celebration of the Community of Cemetery

How many of realize there was a thriving community located on present day Stones River National Battlefield?  How many of us realize this community, known as ‘Cemetery’ was created by freed slaves after the Civil War? Yes, a Freedmen’s community known as Cemetery emerged on the landscape where the Battle…

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Oaklands Candlelight Tour of Homes was a Hit

Sunday, December 4, 2016 Last night saw approximately 250 visitors to the Ransom School House as part of the 33rd Oaklands Candlelight Tour of Homes.  All were warmly greeted, serenaded with Christmas carols by the Middle Tennessee Christian School choir; many visitors left as brand new members of the Rutherford…

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Rutherford County Christmas Tree Lighting

Call it what you will but the Christmas tree lighting at the historic Rutherford County Courthouse is magical.  To see thousands of citizens from our community gather around our 1859 Courthouse, sing carols, enjoy local business around the Square and come together as – wait, here’s that term again –…

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A day at Oaklands Mansion

A Day at Oaklands Mansion, Frank Caperton, November 26, 2016 I visited Murfreesboro’s Oaklands Mansion on this beautiful afternoon.  Oaklands offers some of the finest Italianate architecture  I enjoy ‘gee-whiz’ facts including (thank you Oaklands Mansion for these incredible facts!): 1.  Wealthy Memphis widow Elizabeth Swope purchased Oaklands Mansion and the property…

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A day at the Sam Davis Home

A Day at the Sam Davis home, Frank Caperton, November 25, 2016 When was the last time you visited the Sam Davis Home and Plantation?  I’ll be the first to admit – it has been far too long since my last visit.  I spent a beautiful November afternoon at Smyrna’s…

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Murfreesboro’s SportsCom

Who remembers the day SportsCom opened? Many thanks to WGNS Radio, 1450AM or 101.9FM (www.wgnsradio.com) for documenting the opening of Murfreesboro’s  SportsCom! June, 1987: Joe B. Jackson was Murfreesboro Mayor; E.C. Fite, Jr. was City manager and such as John Pittard and Mary Hutta were on the City Council. Take…

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