115 Front Street, Smyrna, Tennessee

February 12, 2022, Frank Caperton Carpe Cafe, 115, Front Street in downtown Smyrna, Tennessee is located in a VERY cool building. The following is a brief history – gleaned from the Rutherford Courier and the Daily News Journal.

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Sky Harbor Airport Pamphlet

February 10, 2022 Recently local historian Bill Wilson brought this exceptional artifact by the Rutherford County Historical Society’s Ransom School House. Way to go Bill – thank you!

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Blaze Destroys Bucket Factory

October 30, 1942, Daily News Journal Plant operated here since 1869, Razed in half an hour; Damage Not Estimated Murfreesboro’s red cedar bucket factory, which has brought the city world-wide renown, was only a heap of ashes and charred remains yesterday, but John Patterson, one of the owning family, said…

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William Roberts of the Coleman Scouts

January 13, 2022, research by Carol Robertson White William Roberts enlisted in the 2nd Tennessee Cavalry in Hayes Blackman’s Company of McCann’s Gunners in 1861. Roberts soon became a Coleman Scout under Captain Henry Shaw of Smyrna. His main duty was to follow enemy movement and interrupt communications, operating in…

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The Harding House

Ellen Snell Coleman, the Summer of 1984 When Giles Scales Harding and Mary Hollowell Blackman married they movedto their two story log house. It was located in the Blackman area just offthe Manson Pike. This house served the family well for many years. Sometime before the War between the States,…

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Campus School PTA Program

February 15, 1952, The Rutherford Courier Present day Campus School, located at 923 East Lytle Street (Murfreesboro), across from Middle Tennessee State University, was known as The Training School for many decades.

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Local Historian Joy Hord’s passing

December 20, 2021 Obituary of Joy Pratt Hord Joy Pratt Hord, age 77, passed away on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at her home. Mrs. Hord was born in Holladay, Tennessee to Byrda Marchbanks Pratt on September 6, 1944. Her father, Joseph Daniel Pratt, was killed in action in Normandy, France…

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Sky Harbor made Aviation History

November 24, 2002, Dan Whittle, The Daily News Journal Before there was a Nashville International Airport and historic Sewart Air Force Base in Smyrna, there was Tennessee’s Sky Harbor on the Old Nashville Hwy. Today boats are manufactured at the site between Murfreesboro and Smyrna. In fact, before there was…

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African Americans Benevolent Cemetery Historical Marker Unveiling

December 9, 2021, Murfreesboro City TV Channel 3 The Benevolent Cemetery located off Church Street was covered in brush and broken headstones. Hundreds are buried there including members of the famed Buffalo Soldiers, a black cavalry regiment that fought in various battles including the Spanish-American War. Plans are underway to…

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Rotary Club of Murfreesboro Veterans’ Round Table

November 23, 2021, Carriage Lane Reception House Tuesday, November 23, 2021, was a special day at the Rotary Club of Murfreesboro (aka Noon Rotary) – 2021 Rotarian of the Year Brett Garner interviewed U.S Navy veterans Phil Barnett (service date (1973-2004), World War II Navy vet George Pope (1943-1946) and…

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Frow Chips October 13, 1971

October 13, 1971 Click below and learn what was happening at the Rutherford County Historical Society, October, 1971 Please click this link and enjoy! From this edition: The Yankee soldier who had a ball Elbert Watts entered the Union army as a one-year volunteer on August 31, 1864. A native…

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1999 Aerial Map of The Avenue

October 13, 2021, Ransom School House Wow – 1999. Seems only a couple of months ago. Yet, look how the Old Fort Parkway/North Thompson Lane area has changed. Outlined in red is the proposed ‘Avenue Project’. There is no Medical Center Parkway.No hospital.No The Oaks Shopping CenterThere isn’t even a…

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