General’s visit here was ‘farce’

Sam Stockard, The Daily news Journal, October 10, 2006 Fifty-five years ago, Martin “Marty” McCullough was working security for Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s visit to Murfreesboro when his National Guard detail grew suddenly tougher. McCullough, who was 19 at the time and serving in the Guard while attending Vanderbilt, was assigned…

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Is Stones River Battlefield important?

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 8, 2006 By Mike West, Managing Editor Have you ever visited Stones River National Battlefield? Maybe, it’s just on your to-do list? Perhaps you wonder why you should even bother? Experts say the park is a major resource for Murfreesboro, the state of…

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Skirmish surfaces over lot adjacent to battlefield

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 8, 2006 By Erin Edgemon, Post business editor The owner of a small parcel of land along Old Nashville Highway is attempting to have his property rezoned commercial again. Mike Liles went before various Rutherford County boards and commissions 16 years ago trying…

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Rare New York Times editions recount Civil War news

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 8, 2006 By Erin Edgemon, Post business editor Murfreesboro splashed across the front page of the New York Times doesn’t happen nowadays. But the Stones River National Battlefield is now in possession of nine such papers that were printed about one of the…

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New Heritage Center to tell Murfreesboro’s colorful story

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 8, 2006 By Erin Edgemon, Post business editor It is obvious to the casual observer that Murfreesboro’s Public Square is picturesque — with it accent light posts, flags and hanging baskets — and has a long history apparent by the stately Courthouse positioned…

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Farms get nod for register; Jenkins may be removed

Doug Davis, The Daily News Journal, September 28, 2006 Two area farms —one in Rutherford County and one in Cannon County— have moved closer to being named on the National Register of Historic Places, but a home on the register since 1989 has been recommended for removal. “It is sad.…

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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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Fair Memories

August 30, 2004, Doug Davis, The Daily News Journal Rutherford’s agricultural events remembered fondly, but lack of money, interest ended them Rutherford County once held weeklong agricultural fairs and some would like to see them return, but many feel the obstacles and competition would be too great. Some of those…

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