Happy 205th birthday Rutherford County!

Michelle Willard, The Murfreesboro Post, October 19, 2008 Rutherford County celebrates its 205th birthday Saturday and the Heritage Partnership of Rutherford County will throw a birthday party from 4:30-7PM Friday night on the Public Square. “Our history is our past and our future. …” said Denise Carlton, president of the…

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Top 10: When the Boro was state capital

The Murfreesboro Post, October 19, 2008 From 1819 to 1826 Murfreesboro was state capitol of Tennessee. During that time span, few other towns exceeded its importance. While some of those important moments are nearly forgotten, some of them still remain significant from a historic point of view. It is important…

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The Legend of the Human Fly … Resolved

Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post, September 14, 2008 One of Murfreesboro’s best-known stories involves “The Human Fly” who met his untimely end scaling the historic Courthouse. One of the best retellings of the all-too-true story is on the Chamber of Commerce’s Web site. In 1923, a young man in his…

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County gears up for its 205th birthday

Michelle Willard, The Murfreesboro Post, September 8, 2008 Living history events planned for October As Rutherford County prepares to celebrate its 205th birthday in October, the Heritage Partnership of Rutherford County gears up for 2008 Rutherford County Month. “Rutherford County Month is a working example of how we can create…

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Historic marker to honor Congressman James Richardson

The Murfreesboro Post, August 31, 2008 A new Tennessee Historic Commission Marker will be placed in remembrance and honor of the unique life of a Rutherford County leader and statesman, James Daniel Richardson, 1843-1914. A ceremony dedicating the marker will occur at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept.14 at the corner of…

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Rare Civil War spur found at Harding House site

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West , Managing Editor, July 21, 2008 Sweltering temperatures, pesky bugs and blisters brought on by combating the hard battlefield soil weren’t enough to discourage volunteers who, for the second weekend in a row, braved the 94-degree heat to participate in the Harding…

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Battle destroyed Giles Harding’s dream of grandeur

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Managing Editor Mike West, July 13, 2008 Giles Scales Harding had big dreams. He wanted to build a bigger and better home than his first cousin, William Giles Harding, had constructed in 1853 outside of Nashville on a plantation developed by his father John…

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Top 10: Old jail site to move on to another use

The Murfreesboro Post, June 1, 2008 Editors note: With the new Juvenile Center coming online this month, the original Rutherford County Jail will no longer be used for a detention facility. We thought it was appropriate to touch upon some of the facts that made the old jail historic. 1.…

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