RCHS Publication No. 10, 1978 (Winter)

Publication No. 10 The founding fathers and mothers of the Rutherford County Historical Society were motivated by one overriding desire: to create among Rutherford Countians – an interest in the heritage of their community. Of course there were important subsidiary reasons, the social factor not being the least. Many people…

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2021 Annual Show & Tell Banquet

Monday, August 16, 2021, Murfreesboro’s Carriage Lane Reception House Monday, August 16, 2021 saw more than 45 local historians share stories and artifacts at Murfreesboro’s Carriage Lane Reception House.

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I always passed Captain Jackson’s Grave with Respect

August 10, 2021, Rutherford County Commissioner Pettus Read While growing up among the hillsides and rolling farmland of Middle Tennessee in the community of Versailles, I had the opportunity to experience, learn and receive an extended education in family pride and heritage. Everyone in the small community I called and…

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RCHS Monthly Field Trip – Eagleville

Saturday, August 7, 2021 What a GREAT day for the Rutherford County Historical Society! Each month THE Carol Robertson White uses her time and talents to organize a Rutherford County history ‘field trip’. People sign up, we support a locally-owned restaurant then we visit something relating to history. Today, Carol…

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Hart’s Spring history originates with Namesake of Pioneer

July 27, 2021, Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal Big Hart’s Spring is one mile west of Smyrna at the head of Hart’s Branch and carries a beautiful history within our county. These waters intersect Sam Ridley Parkway West. This large branch on Taylor’s Trace was a connecting salt spring…

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RCHS Publication No. 9, 1977 (Summer)

Publication No. 9 THE COVER Dr. James Madison Dill (1831-1916) a native of Rutherford County, for whom the community of Dilton was named, is featured on the cover of this publication. His parents were Isaac and Gilley Cooper Dill who were natives of South Carolina. The old country doctor, a…

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America W. Robinson (1855-1920) of the Fisk Jubilee Singers

July 28, 2021, Carol Robertson White of the Rutherford County Historical Society In 1866, Robinson enrolled on opening day in the new Fisk Colored School at Nashville, founded by the American Missionary Association. Her teaching career began at the age of thirteen. She earned money for tuition and living expenses…

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RCHS Publication No. 8, 1977 (Winter)

This volume is the eighth in a series begun in the summer of 1973. The Society is dedicated to the study and preservation of Rutherford County’s history, and the publications of the organization represent a major effort to achieve this goal. If this issue is as well received as the…

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‘Grantlands’

July 1, 2021, Barry Lamb Grantlands, so named because of the grant of land on which the manor house was situated, was the ancestral home of the Dickinson and Murfree families. It was once located near the intersection of West Clark Boulevard and Hamilton Drive and it is believed that…

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RCHS Publication No. 7, 1976 (Summer)

Publication 6 Index – 1976 (Winter) The Anniversary of Two Churches by Moses Cranor, 1916Minutes of Hopewell Church, 1816-1821Records of Hopewell Church 1832-1833 by Laura Lou White CoffeyHistory of Stones River Presbyterian Church by Esther CouchHistory of Cripple Creek Presbyterian Church by Miss Pearl YoureeMilitia Order from Library of Congress…

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Patriot Grave Unmarked

June 18, 1972, The Daily News Journal, Rutherford County Archivist Henry G. Wray The Bicentennial of the American Revolution is only four short years away. Many of the Patriots lie in unmarked graves in Rutherford County. The Stones River Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution are anxious to…

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Club presents Mr. Wray, Archivist

January 21, 1973, The Daily News Journal “Comments of the Archivist” will be Henry G. Wray’s topic when he speaks to the Women’s Club Monday, January 22. Mr. Wray is the Rutherford County Archivist. He will be presented by the Public Interest Department. Mrs. John Richmond is chairman. Mr. Wray…

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RCHS Publication No. 6, 1976 (Winter)

From Sue Ragland (1976) On December 17, 1970 the Rutherford County Historical Society was reorganized with eight people present. Since that time we have grown to over 150 members dedicated to preserving and publishing the history of Rutherford County for future generations to enjoy. Our publications have been subscribed to…

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A Tree that Witnessed History

July 1, 2021, Dr. Steven Murphree, President Sam Davis Memorial Association There are many mature trees on the campus of the Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation, many that are well over 100 years old. Visitors to this historic site are attracted to the stately tulip or yellow poplars along…

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RCHS Field Trip to Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Station No. 4

Saturday, July 10, 2021 Saturday’s Rutherford County Field Trip was still another unqualified success thanks to super volunteer Carol Robertson White. White organized a trip for more than a dozen members and non-members of the Rutherford County Historical Society to dine at Firehouse Subs then tour Murfreesboro’s cutting-edge Fire Station…

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Ransom School boasts distinguished alumni

February 19, 1978, Gene Sloan, Rutherford County Archivist for the The Daily News Journal Perhaps no small private elementary school in Murfreesboro can claim more distinguished alumni than Ransom School, which was conducted from 1916 (ed. 1907) till 1930 at 717 North Academy Street (Murfreesboro). Miss Eliza Ransom operated the…

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RCHS Publication No. 5, 1975 (Summer)

From Fred Brigance (1975) It is our belief that one of the most significant contributions made by the Rutherford County HistoricalSociety is its continuing program of publications. It is also our belief that the Society’s membership fee of$5.00 is the best bargain offered by most any organization in our community.…

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RCHS Publication No. 4, 1974 (Winter)

The Rutherford County Historical Society gratefully acknowledges the efforts of those who provided material for Publication No. 4. These include: Henry G. Wray – County Archivist who spent countless hours in reading, copying, and arranging for publication the Rutherford County Census of 1810 . Miss Mary Hall – For preserving…

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RCHS Publication No. 3, 1974 (Summer)

The Rutherford County Historical Society gratefully acknowledges the contributions made to Publication No. 3 bythe following: The marriage records contained in our first three publications were originally abstracted by the Hardy Murfree Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. The Rutherford County Historical Society greatly appreciates the use of this material.…

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