January 26, 2011, WGNS Radio
The Oaklands Historic House Museum educational programs received a generous donation from 150 fifth grader students at Scales Elementary School. The school’s “Step Up and Serve” fundraiser donated 10 per cent of the classes’ money to Oaklands. That translates into $866.69 for such popular educational programs as “Days of Washing, Churning, and Learning” on May 12 & 13 to school children across middle Tennessee.
Scales’ Principal Catherine Stephens said, “This year they saw the benefit of the children adopting this agency and being a part of the educational experience for others. In addition to the donation, the students will also conduct an act of service as well.”
Oaklands was chosen by the fifth graders after a field trip to Oaklands Historic House Museum. The students will take a service trip to Oaklands Historic House Museum this spring.
Oaklands was originally built around 1818 on the property of Dr. James Maney and his wife, Sallie Hardy Murfree. Sallie inherited the property from her father, Lt. Col. Hardy Murfree, for whom Murfreesboro is named. As the Maney family prospered, the original two-room, brick house was expanded and transformed into the spacious Italianate mansion situated on a 1500-acre plantation and one of the most elegant homes in Middle Tennessee.
Oaklands Historic House Museum, located at 900 North Maney Avenue in Murfreesboro, Tennessee is a nationally registered historic landmark that reflects a time of prosperity in the Old South, as well as the hardships suffered during the Civil War.
For more information regarding Oaklands Historial House Museum please visit www.oaklandsmuseum.org.