Family Business Spans 60 Years

Exactly where was Loafers Rest?  How about asking the family who is still running the local grocery store.  The Taylor family will know where is was, since the fourth generation is now taking his position to carry on.  Hunter Taylor, a student at Oakland High School is working when he…

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Walking tour explores old Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Post, June 22, 2011 Enjoy a summer stroll through the North Maney Avenue Historic District with the staff of Oaklands Historic House Museum and experience the architecture of Murfreesboro’s first subdivision, called Maney’s Addition. Evening walking tours will take place from 6-9 p.m. July 15 and 16 as various…

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Historical Signs detail County’s Rich Heritage

MURFREESBORO — Interpretive signs being posted this  week around the Rutherford County Courthouse do more than give bits of information about the Public Square predating the Civil War, county grant coordinator Faye Elam says. “You just feel like you’re living the history standing there reading it,” says Elam, describing the…

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Old Jefferson was a Stones River port

Dan Whittle, The Murfreesboro Post, July 10, 2011 Jefferson Springs flourished 100 years later Cabins lined Stones River at Jefferson Springs, a health resort in the early 1900s.Multiple trading posts had served as economic hubs of commerce on the river 100 years earlier at what is now called Old Jefferson.…

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Recognizing History

Dan Whittle, The Murfreesboro Post, June 19, 2011 Significant Tennessee history was unveiled Saturday, June 18, when Friends of Long Hunter State Park held a ceremony to unveil a Tennessee State Historical Marker honoring the life of pre-Civil War free black Sherrod Bryant, namesake of Bryant’s Grove who owned slaves.…

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A ‘Summer Soiree’ at the Sam Davis Home

June 19, 2011 The Sam Davis Memorial Association (SDMA) and the Rutherford County Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee invites you to attend the Rutherford County Remembrance for the Tennessee Secession Day event to be held in conjunction with SDMA annual meeting. At 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23, a Southern-style barbecue…

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Bryant Grove Historical Marker Rededicated, June 18, 2011

Long hunter State Park, July 18, 2011 A special ceremony was held at Long Hunter State Park on Saturday, June 18, to rededicate the newly located Sherrod Bryant Tennessee Historical Marker. Bryant (1781-1854) was a farmer who settled in an area that later became known as Bryant Grove and is…

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Recognizing History: Long Hunter State Park

Dan Whittle, Murfreesboro Post, June 19, 2011 Significant Tennessee history was unveiled Saturday, June 18, when Friends of Long Hunter State Park held a ceremony to unveil a Tennessee State Historical Marker honoring the life of pre-Civil War free black Sherrod Bryant, namesake of Bryant’s Grove who owned slaves. Bryant’s…

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Taverns, Bars and Juke Joints

Greg Tucker, The Daily News Journal, June 12, 2011 By the middle of the 20th century, Rutherford County was widely recognized as a mid-south transportation center. A directory from the era observed: “From Murfreesboro, heavily traveled federal and state highways spread out in eight directions. Buses and freight trucks arrive…

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Dr. ‘Seat Belt’ Oral History, April 20, 2004

Dr. Robert Grayson, MD, American Academy of Pediatrics, April 20, 2004 This most wonderful interview can be downloaded as a PDF file at www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/Pediatric-History-Center/Documents/Sanders.pdf Interviewed by Robert Grayson, MD, April 20, 2004, Murfreesboro, Tennessee This interview was supported by donations from the following institutions and individuals: Phyllis F. Agran, MD, MPH, FAAP Marilyn J. Bull,…

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Tennessee Waltzed in, then out of Union

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, June 5, 2011 By Jonathan Fagan “All we ask is to be let alone,” said Jefferson Davis, February 18, 1861 upon delivering his inaugural address as President of the Confederate States of America from the portico of the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery. …

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Historic Farm Venue for The Summer Party

MURFREESBORO, DNJ — From the second-floor picture window of the historic Tarpley home in Walter Hill, Bev MacSherry looked out toward West Jefferson Pike and said, “Can’t you just see those Civil War soldiers,  battered and weary, trudging that path?” Indeed, it isn’t hard to imagine.  The view is authentic,…

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Lamplighter’s tackles war crimes in new drama

The Murfreesboro Post, May 31, 2011 Set against the turbulent, raw-edged backdrop of the American Civil War, The Andersonville Trial is a striking courtroom drama that is just as relevant today as it was when the real trial was being conducted in 1865. Saul Levitt based his play on the…

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Lamplighter’s tackles war crimes in new drama

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, May 31, 2011 Set against the turbulent, raw-edged backdrop of the American Civil War, The Andersonville Trial is a striking courtroom drama that is just as relevant today as it was when the real trial was being conducted in 1865. Saul Levitt based his…

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County Agrees on Courthouse Demolition

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, May 30, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society “Now how about a better courthouse,” headlined the Rutherford Courier in April 1937. Focusing on the Depression Era square, the local newspaper observed: “A bare, worn, dusty surface is what we…

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Happy Birthday, Murfreesboro!

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Ashley Guck, Special to the Post, May 29, 2011 Murfreesboro is having a big – really big – birthday party beginning in October. Consider this your personal invitation. In celebration of the city’s bicentennial, the city council is planning a 13-month long string of…

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The ‘Unsinkable’ Mary Kate

The Murfreesboro Post, May 29, 2011 Confederate Spy ‘Kate’ Weaved In and Out of Mid-Tenn Union Camps “The Unsinkable Mary Kate” was not a Civil War battle ship. La Vergne resident Mary Kate Patterson, who had the audacity and courage to take on multiple personalities and appearances, is credited with…

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Battlefield’s Memorial Day events

The Murfreesboro Post, May 26, 2011 Stones River National Battlefield and Cemetery will hold a series of events to commemorate Memorial Day in 2011. On Saturday May 28 at 10 a.m., local scouting groups are invited to assist in placing flags on more than 7,000 headstones in the Stones River…

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