APTA to honor four historic buildings today

By Michelle Willard, Murfreesboro Post, October 21, 2007 Four historic Murfreesboro buildings are honored by the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities (APTA) today. The APTA will place markers outside the East Main Street homes of Matt and Pat Ward, Jim and Marietta Bishop and APTA Rutherford County Chapter…

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A spirited search for respect

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Erin Edgemon, Business Editor, October 7, 2007 Not all ghosts are out to frighten those who come in contact with them; sometimes they just want to have a little spirited fun. But the spirits who are said to haunt the former Book Rack building…

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Area’s Top 10 historic sites

The Murfreesboro Post, October 5, 2007 1. Stones River National Battlefield (See Murfreesboro is known for list) 2. Original Rutherford Health Department The former offices of the Rutherford County Health Department, located at the corner of Church and Lytle Streets in Murfreesboro, was the first facility of its type built…

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Rutherford Countians fought in 1776

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor, July 1, 2007 Editor’s note: While we don’t profess that this is a complete list, here are 91 Revolutionary War veterans who collected pensions in Rutherford County. Contrary to popular opinion, Rutherford County’s history didn’t begin with the Civil War.…

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These men fought in Revolution

The Murfreesboro Post, June 29, 2007 Editors note:  While we don’t profess that this is a complete list, here are 91 Revolutionary War veterans who collected pensions in Rutherford County. A number of the names are still familiar: William Arnold, George Askins, John Barclay, James Beatty, John Beavert, Thomas Blanton,…

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Historic Square helps define the ’Boro

The Murfreesboro Post, June 24, 2007 While many residents don’t know it, the Rutherford County Courthouse is one of the most historically significant spots in Middle Tennessee. As part of the Murfreesboro Post’s effort to give readers a “sense of place,” here are the Top 10 interesting facts about the…

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Where was the ‘burned Cowan house?’

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor, May 6, 2007 Those familiar with the “literature” and reports about the Battle of Stones River have encountered the Cowan House countless times. Often in official reports of both the Union and Confederate armies it is referred to as the…

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Family acts to protect historic farm

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Erin Edgemon, August 5, 2007 Not all Rutherford County farmers want to see their land turned into residential subdivisions and shopping centers. As the county’s population continues to grow, creating a larger demand for new homes and new places to shop, many owners of…

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Black slave owner an ‘untold part’ of history

Descendant traces wealthy Midstate landowner, by Colby Sledge – Staff Writer – Tennessean, February 27, 2007 Like many wealthy landowners of the pre-Civil War South, Sherrod Bryant owned slaves.  They probably worked much of Bryant’s 700 acres in Middle Tennessee, an area larger than that of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage plantation.…

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