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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

Murfreesboro Post Top 10: Women with historic impact

The Murfreesboro Post, February 18, 2007 A political matron from the time Murfreesboro was the state’s capitol and an astronaut are among the 10 women featured in a new exhibit at the The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, now open at 225 West College Street. Entitled “From the…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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.…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

Subdivision development claims Loyd Haven Farm home

Erin Edgemon, The Daily News Journal, July 14, 2006 A Lascassas mansion that served host to countless parties and charity events for decades was demolished Friday. Developer David Waldron, of Waldron Enterprises, said his company hadn’t finalized plans to tear down the 171-year-old home in an interview early this week.  His…

Continue reading

Fire Destroys Marymont Mansion

Lisa Marchesoni, the Daily News Journal, January 21, 2004 A Tuesday fire destroyed the two-story antebellum home, Marymont, constructed in the 1800s on Rucker Lane, sheriff’s deputies said. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places. Van West, director of the Center for Historic Preservation, said Marymont was…

Continue reading

Local doctor, reenactor starts Civil War round table

The Daily News Journal, August 17, 2003 On a trip to Ohio several years ago, Dr. George Smith of Murfreesboro learned a valuable history lesson. “I learned that Murfreesboro had two black regiments, the 13th and the 17th, during the Civil War.”  Says Smith, who was recently elected president of…

Continue reading