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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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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No offer for homes by MTSU

Roger Garfield, The Daily News Journal, July 15, 2006 Residents of Murfreesboro’s historic district continue to fight MTSU’s plans to expand into the district. The residents have formed a steering committee and have tried to meet once every two weeks since their March 21 meeting with MTSU, where the university’s 20-year plan…

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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…

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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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Historic Jenkins home demolished

Erin Edgemon, The Daily News Journal, June 13, 2006 Civil War-era enthusiasts and others fighting to preserve a historic house on Gresham Lane were saddened to learn the 153-year-old structure was demolished Saturday. “It is truly a loss for the city of Murfreesboro and for the state,” said Kay Morrow, of Spike…

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Jenkins home among most endangered

Erin Edgemon, The Murfreesboro Post, May 22, 2006 Murfreesboro’s Hiram Jenkins House is listed as one of the most endangered historic places in the state by the Tennessee Preservation Trust. The non-profit historic preservation organization included the house at 1556 Gresham Lane on its annual “Ten in Tennessee Endangered List” for the…

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Legacy of Stones River: Occupation and the Home Front in Tennessee Symposium

The Legacy of Stones River:  Occupation and the Home Front in Tennessee, A Symposium in Murfreesboro, TN October 22, 2005 Summaries of Speakers’ Presentations Jim Lewis “Showing Their Ill Nature: The Military Occupation of Murfreesboro, 1863-1865” Mr. Lewis focused on the changing nature of the Union’s occupation of Murfreesboro during the Civil War,…

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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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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…

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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…

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