The very first edition of the ‘Frow Chips’

September 15, 1971 Wow. 1971. Seems so long ago. So much going on in the world, Tennessee, even Rutherford County. Yet there were local historians, committed local historians doing what they do best – preserving and documenting Rutherford County History. The first Frow Chips wasn’t fancy nor long; just full…

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The Lytle-Harrison House

Froe Chips, September/October, 2021, Researched and Written by Barry Lamb As Lieutenant Carter Bassett Harrison and his regiment, the 51st Ohio Infantry Regiment, USA, prepared for battle against the southern defenders of Murfreesboro on January 2, 1863, he had no way of knowing that he would soon be engaging in…

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RCHS Publication No. 13, 1979 (Spring)

Publication No. 13 TENNESSEE HISTORY IN JEOPARDY In recent months leaders of a national association have made the following statement “A page of Tennessee’s history should be torn out and thrown away”. They were referring to the Confederate States of America and the part Tennessee and her people played in…

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An Endoparasitic Snake?

Rutherford County Medicine Meets the X-Files in the 1870s Froe Chips, September/October, 2021, Dr. Steve Murphree The history of American medicine is filled with accounts of unusual ailments and treatments, many of which can be found in the records of local and state medical associations and societies. Arguably, the most…

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RCHS Publication No. 12, 1979 (Winter)

Publication No. 12 If variety is the spice of life, the Publication No. 12 of the Rutherford County Historical Society is a fitting intercalation to an afterpiece for Publication No. 11 and an exordium for Publication No. 13. This edition of the historical records of Rutherford County contains an Apostle…

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Ideal Social Club, 1953

The Rutherford Courier, August 18, 1953 The Ideal Society Club consisted of a group of community servants who believed in fun, fellowship and service! The first mention of the Ideal Social Club in the Daily News Journal was October 3, 1933 (the club began meeting in 1932) when the Club…

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RCHS Monthly Field Trip to Batey Farm

September 11, 2021, Batey Farm The 400 acre Batey Farm, located west of Murfreesboro in the community of Blackman, is the oldest ‘Century Farm’ in Rutherford County having been established in 1807. John L. Batey gave a wonderful tour of the family cemetery, the Batey Farm store, and shared cool,…

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2021 Sam Davis Home Heritage Day

September 10, 2021, Sam Davis Home, Smyrna, Tennessee Kids and adults alike enjoyed the annual Heritage Day at Smyrna’s historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation. Heritage Day began in 1987 and seemingly grows each year. Sam Davis Home Executive Director Jenny Lamb says, “This year we have more than 600…

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RCHS Publication No. 11, 1978 (Summer)

Publication No. 11 This volume represents the second publication for 1978 and, following past practice, each member or family membership, receives a copy as a kind of “refund” for the Society membership duos. Thus, membership in the Rutherford County Historical Society must be regarded as one of the most compelling…

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Local Historian Bill Wilson in 1994

February 20, 1994, The Daily News Journal You just never what the researchers at the Rutherford County Historical Society will come across… Local historian Bill Wilson in the February 20, 1994 edition of the Daily News Journal:

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RCHS Publication No. 10, 1978 (Winter)

Publication No. 10 The founding fathers and mothers of the Rutherford County Historical Society were motivated by one overriding desire: to create among Rutherford Countians – an interest in the heritage of their community. Of course there were important subsidiary reasons, the social factor not being the least. Many people…

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2021 Annual Show & Tell Banquet

Monday, August 16, 2021, Murfreesboro’s Carriage Lane Reception House Monday, August 16, 2021 saw more than 45 local historians share stories and artifacts at Murfreesboro’s Carriage Lane Reception House.

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I always passed Captain Jackson’s Grave with Respect

August 10, 2021, Rutherford County Commissioner Pettus Read While growing up among the hillsides and rolling farmland of Middle Tennessee in the community of Versailles, I had the opportunity to experience, learn and receive an extended education in family pride and heritage. Everyone in the small community I called and…

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RCHS Monthly Field Trip – Eagleville

Saturday, August 7, 2021 What a GREAT day for the Rutherford County Historical Society! Each month THE Carol Robertson White uses her time and talents to organize a Rutherford County history ‘field trip’. People sign up, we support a locally-owned restaurant then we visit something relating to history. Today, Carol…

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Hart’s Spring history originates with Namesake of Pioneer

July 27, 2021, Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal Big Hart’s Spring is one mile west of Smyrna at the head of Hart’s Branch and carries a beautiful history within our county. These waters intersect Sam Ridley Parkway West. This large branch on Taylor’s Trace was a connecting salt spring…

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RCHS Publication No. 9, 1977 (Summer)

Publication No. 9 THE COVER Dr. James Madison Dill (1831-1916) a native of Rutherford County, for whom the community of Dilton was named, is featured on the cover of this publication. His parents were Isaac and Gilley Cooper Dill who were natives of South Carolina. The old country doctor, a…

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