The Robert Searcy Wendel Home

Researched and written by Barry Lamb July/August 2022 Froe Chips The fine two-story brick house that once stood at the northwest corner of College and Spring Streets, enumerated 123 East College Street, was for many decades known as the old Wendel family home due to the longevity of its ownership…

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Frank Caperton Media and Research Room

During the Celebration of Life for Frank Caperton Rutherford County Historical Society President Pettus Read announced that the organization’s board of directors recently voted to honor Caperton with creating a special Media and Research Room at Ransom School. Caperton was an avid photographer of Rutherford County events and had wanted…

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Place Names, Part 1

June 16, 2022, Flashback Frank of the Rutherford County Historical Society https://www.wgnsradio.com/article/75252/flashback-frank-place-names-part-1 We’ve all done it; we’ve all wondered where certain names originated.  Names of communities such as Cedar Grove or Almaville or Readyville. The Rutherford County Historical Society mentions more than 100 place names but I have just over…

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Referee Rick Wise keeps a close eye on two contestants

As seen in the Murfreesboro Press, June 1, 1978 The Murfreesboro Press ran from 1978-1982, published and edited by Donald Keith and Jim Leonhirth. ‘Referee Rick Wise keeps a close eye on two contestants in the arm wrestling contest during Central Middle School’s annual field day. In the seventh grade portion of…

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Dorothy Mai Ramsey comes to Murfreesboro 100 years ago

May 1, 2022, Carol Robertson White Barbara Jean Smith was in fifth grade when the death of her Grandmother Dorothy prompted her family’s move into her grandparent’s home in Nashville. Letters, photographs, scraps of fabric and hats were all left behind for Barbara to experience as a child. Fascination with…

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RCHS Volunteers at the Smyrna Farmers Market

Saturday, May 21, 2022 Saturday saw the Rutherford County Historical Society manning a table at the Smyrna (Tennessee) Farmers’ Market. More than a dozen volunteers greeted visitors sharing cool historical facts about not only Rutherford County history, but the history of Smyrna in particular. Several visitors took the initiative to…

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The Tilford-Wendel Home

May 1, 2022, Researched and written by Barry Lamb “When shall we three meet again?When the hurlyburly’s done,When the battle’s lost and won.Then shall we three meet again.”Sarah Jane Keeble The foregoing doleful, yet poetic sentiments of a wife and mother who missed her beloved husband, David Deaderick Wendel, and…

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Evergreen Cemetery No Longer a City Property

May 1, 2022, Greg Tucker, Rutherford County Historian The 150-year-old Evergreen Cemetery in Murfreesboro is no longer owned and operated by the City. As of April 1, 2022, the real and personal property of the cemetery transferred to a non-profit corporation. The transfer will not cause any change in personnel…

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Jefferson Pike Bridge Re-build, 1970

August 6, 1970, The Rutherford Courier Workmen are shown making repairs on the Jefferson Pike bridge which is undergoing repairs. The bridge developed structural faults following its opening last year (ed. 1969) and has been closed months since was first put into use. Rutherford County Road Superintendent Bill Wilson said…

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2022 Annual Show & Tell

March 21, 2022, The Carriage Lane Reception House, Murfreesboro, Tennessee Another uber successful Show & Tell in the books. More than fifty local history enthusiasts enjoyed a meal provided by Carriage Lane Reception in the warm and friendly confines of the historic Carriage Lane Reception House. The evening saw an…

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The Sisters in Black

March 8, 2022, Local Historian Carol Robertson White The Rutherford County Historical Society gets many requests from various people researching genealogy, photos, and places in Rutherford County and Tennessee. Some people that contact the society will ask specific questions on the services we offer, request copies of specific images, pages…

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East Main Mansion Approved for Tax Abatement

March 8, Rutherford County Historian Greg Tucker Oakhurst, the 140-year-old mansion on Cherry Lane, has qualified for the Rutherford County Property Tax Abatement for Historic Restoration and Preservation. This program, the first of its kind in Tennessee, encourages preservation of historic structures by granting a ten year tax abatement for…

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The Mason-Ransom Mansion

March 11, 2022, Researched and Written by Barry Lamb “The majesty and beauty of this once stately abodeThe story of which has seldom been told.Its image beyond the barrenness of the treesBespeaks of the gay nineties at College and Academy.“ Pleasant Priestly Mason, Murfreesboro’s foremost idealistic enterprising entrepreneur of the…

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Rutherford County Baseball in the 1930s

March 6, 2022, Courtesy of Judy Reis Hailey Click the pic above and enjoy reading about the players, the photos, even box scores between teams such as the Christiana Redbirds, the YMCA team and pitcher ‘Cheeter’ Stockard.

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