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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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1997: Subdivision looked like a ‘war zone’

Lisa Marchesoni, Murfreesboro Post, January 24, 2007 Destruction caused by a powerful tornado looked “like somebody had dropped bombs” throughout the Southridge subdivision 10 years ago. Veteran sheriff’s Lt. Joe Gray said the tornado ripped through his neighborhood Friday, Jan. 24, 1997, destroying homes four blocks away. “It looked like…

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Group gives up fight to save McCulloch House

Erin Edgemon, The Daily News Journal, July 28, 2006 The Friends of Stones River National Battlefield have halted attempts to purchase the pre-Civil War McCulloch House and save it from demolition. After an assessment completed by the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU, it was determined that the house — originally…

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Hiram Jenkins House – Demolished…

From: the Tennessee Preservation Trust Since 1853, this handsome two-story Greek Revival house has stood firm – surviving a war that came to its front door and passing through successive decades of more peaceful changes. But recently, the march of ‘progress’ has brought a new interstate interchange very near to…

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A Story of Cherry Shade, LaVergne, Tennessee

Written by James L. Chrisman for the Rutherford County Historical Society publication no. 16, Winter, 1981 (click here to purchase a copy for only $0.50!) All of us who love to refresh and enlighten our minds by breaking away from the cares and tensions of the day, and glance back over…

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Cherry Shade was a Hospital

The following is from ‘Hearthstones, the story of historic Rutherford County Homes’, by Mary B. Hughes, 1942.   The long train of wagons bear­ing supplies for the Federal army moved down the Nashville turn­pike toward the little village of LaVergne. Now and then the steady crunching of the wheels rolling…

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Feeling the Power of Percy Priest

Doug Davis, The Rutherford Courier, April 22, 2004 Area gave up 16,500 acres for fed project J. Percy Priest Lake offers bountiful recreational opportunities for residents of Rutherford County and visitors to the area. “The total visits to the lake in 2003, including areas managed by concessionaires or the state…

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