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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Tour of Old Jefferson was a Success!

Past RCHS President and Jefferson native Toby Francis gave a tour to a large group of local history enthusiasts Saturday, October 29.  The weather was unusually warm yet we all enjoyed Toby’s tour of ‘Old Jefferson’. Toby Francis grew up in Jefferson.  Toby’s gift of being a master communicator certainly was on…

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Murfreesboro City Hall

Page 13, ‘Pictures and the Stories they Tell’, by Frank Caperton and Susan Daniel, 2008 The old Murfreesboro City Hall and Fire Hall was located on the corner of South Church and Vine Street till razed in the early 1940’s to make way for the expansion of Murfreesboro’s Goldstein’s Department Store.…

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Class of ’43 recalls ‘Rock School’ days

Connie Esh, The Murfreesboro Post, August 31, 2016 Saturday afternoon was definitely “old school” for four of the five remaining 1943 graduates of the “Old Rock School.” The Smyrna High School Class of ’43 gathered at O’Charley’s in Smyrna for their 73rd class reunion. All four graduates who attended are…

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Carnation Milk Plant

Ever wonder why there is an old smokestack behind Haynes Bros. Lumber on the corner of Broad Street and Old Fort Pkwy.? One of the largest milk plants in the southeastern United States was the Carnation Milk plant.

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