Historic Sanders Farm Saved by Trust

From The Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, December 6, 2009 The Land Trust for Tennessee announced that landowner Patricia ‘Pat’ Sanders has conserved 331 acres of farmland through a permanent conservation agreement with the statewide nonprofit land conservation organization. The farm, located on Armstrong Valley Road, is a Tennessee Century Farm and…

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Remembering Rutherford: Harsh country with rugged folk!?

Greg Tucker, The Daily News Journal, November 8, 2009 “A man living back in the cedars (in Rutherford County) … has got to scratch and sweat mightily if he wants to starve decent,” according to “Tennessee: A Guide to the State”, a 1939 publication of the Federal Writers’ Project. As…

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Rutherford County Firsts

Rutherford County Firsts Brick house in Murfreesboro: erected by John M. Telford, 1811. Tavern, owned by A. Carmichael, 1813, near Pump Springs, north side square. Cotton factory, South Maple Street, 1831. First Negro to serve in State Legislature, Sam Keeble, 1867. Stage coach from Nashville, 1830. Turnpike, Nashville-Murfreesboro-Shelbyville, 1831. Automobile…

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Why does the legend of Sam Davis endure?

December 16, 2007, Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post “Google” the phrase “Confederate hero” on the Internet and you will get thousands of hits with many of them mentioning names like Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. So why does the memory of Confederate scout Sam Davis still endure? Smyrna can…

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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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New exhibit features local women who have made history

The Murfreesboro Post, February 13, 2007 From the Nation’s Capital to Neighborhood Classrooms: Rutherford County Women, Past and Present is a new exhibit currently on view at The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County. This exhibit explores the contributions of 10 local women from among the thousands of prominent…

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Farms get nod for register; Jenkins may be removed

Doug Davis, The Daily News Journal, September 28, 2006 Two area farms —one in Rutherford County and one in Cannon County— have moved closer to being named on the National Register of Historic Places, but a home on the register since 1989 has been recommended for removal. “It is sad.…

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Beesley cabin ready to leave

Doug Davis, The Daily news Journal, September 26, 2006 A log home that once graced farmland on Beesley Road has been stripped back to its original size to be moved from Rutherford County. The former home of Pauline and Frank Beesley was acquired and will move to Williamson County as…

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