Top 10: When the Boro was state capital

The Murfreesboro Post, October 19, 2008 From 1819 to 1826 Murfreesboro was state capitol of Tennessee. During that time span, few other towns exceeded its importance. While some of those important moments are nearly forgotten, some of them still remain significant from a historic point of view. It is important…

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Rosenwald Schools

October 16, 2008 Rosenwald Schools “Between 1912 and 1932, the Rosenwald school building program constructed over five thousand new learning environments for African American school children in fifteen southern states, including fourteen in Rutherford County.  The program was funded by Sears, Roebuck and Company president Julius Rosenwald and Booker T.…

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Top 10 riotous acts of Rutherford County

Michelle Willard, The Murfreesboro Post, October 26, 2008 Inspired by the upcoming holiday, The Murfreesboro Post decided to take a closer look at the darker side of human nature. We researched the Top 10 (11, because it’s what we do) crimes and punishment in our county’s 205 years of existence.…

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The Legend of the Human Fly … Resolved

Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post, September 14, 2008 One of Murfreesboro’s best-known stories involves “The Human Fly” who met his untimely end scaling the historic Courthouse. One of the best retellings of the all-too-true story is on the Chamber of Commerce’s Web site. In 1923, a young man in his…

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County gears up for its 205th birthday

Michelle Willard, The Murfreesboro Post, September 8, 2008 Living history events planned for October As Rutherford County prepares to celebrate its 205th birthday in October, the Heritage Partnership of Rutherford County gears up for 2008 Rutherford County Month. “Rutherford County Month is a working example of how we can create…

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Historic marker to honor Congressman James Richardson

The Murfreesboro Post, August 31, 2008 A new Tennessee Historic Commission Marker will be placed in remembrance and honor of the unique life of a Rutherford County leader and statesman, James Daniel Richardson, 1843-1914. A ceremony dedicating the marker will occur at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept.14 at the corner of…

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Rare Civil War spur found at Harding House site

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West , Managing Editor, July 21, 2008 Sweltering temperatures, pesky bugs and blisters brought on by combating the hard battlefield soil weren’t enough to discourage volunteers who, for the second weekend in a row, braved the 94-degree heat to participate in the Harding…

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Battle destroyed Giles Harding’s dream of grandeur

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Managing Editor Mike West, July 13, 2008 Giles Scales Harding had big dreams. He wanted to build a bigger and better home than his first cousin, William Giles Harding, had constructed in 1853 outside of Nashville on a plantation developed by his father John…

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Archeologists to pinpoint Harding House/ brick kiln site

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, July 10, 2008 Dr. Tom Nolan, director of MTSU’s Laboratory for Spatial Technology, will lead the way in conducting a geospatial archaeological survey this month to recover and map artifacts from the Battle of Stones River and create a permanent spatial record of their…

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Restoration is under way on 1800s-era schoolhouse

Doug Davis, The Tennessean, July 4, 2008 Adjoining log home is part of the project An 1800s brink home that once housed the Eliza Ransom Private School is, after years of neglect, undergoing a restoration. “It’s coming along, yes siree”, said a jubilant C.B. Arnette, who has been spearheading the…

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Union army destroyed historic church

The Murfreesboro Post, June 1, 2008 Citizens angered by cemetery desecration During the occupation of Murfreesboro, few things infuriated local residents more than the destruction of First Presbyterian Church and the desecration of the City Cemetery by Union troops.  There has been an unprecedented destruction of property both private and…

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Top 10: Old jail site to move on to another use

The Murfreesboro Post, June 1, 2008 Editors note: With the new Juvenile Center coming online this month, the original Rutherford County Jail will no longer be used for a detention facility. We thought it was appropriate to touch upon some of the facts that made the old jail historic. 1.…

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Son writes book about Dr. Seatbelt’s legacy

The Murfreesboro Post, May 31, 2008 More than 8,700 children are alive today thanks to the tireless lobbying efforts of the late pediatrician Murfreesboro Dr. Robert Sanders. Sanders and his wife, Pat, lobbied the Tennessee Legislature for several years to pass the nations first child passenger seat law in 1977. …

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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…

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Spring at Evergreen Cemetery

Carol Robertson White, The Murfreesboro Post, April 17, 2008 Murfreesboro Post reader Carol White took this beautiful spring photo at historic Evergreen Cemetery where the dogwoods are in full bloom.

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