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African American Heritage

  • Bradley Academy Museum & Cultural Center
    Bradley Academy Museum & Cultural Center
    This restored National Register building serves as a cultural and heritage museum where visitors can learn about the importance of the United States Colored Troops and the legacy of African-American education in our country.
    Open: Tues - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Admission: Charged
    415 South Academy Street
    Murfreesboro, TN 37130
    (615) 962-8773
    Distance: : 0.24 mi

Local Heritage

  • Geographic Center of Tennessee
    Geographic Center of Tennessee
    In 1834, it was determined that the geographic center of Tennessee is located on Old Lascassas Road, one mile from the Middle Tennessee State University campus. The Rutherford County Historical Society marked the spot with an obelisk in 197
    Open: Daylight use only
    Admission: No admission charged.
    Old Lascassas Road
    Murfreesboro, TN 37130
    (615) 893-6565
    Distance: : 2.01 mi
  • Main Street
    Main Street
    Murfreesboro is a participant in the National Main Street program for historic preservation and economic development. Stroll the Murfreesboro downtown square with its specialty shops, restaurants and offices. Take a walking tour along East Main Street with its homes of neoclassical, Italianate and Victorian architecture.
    Main Street
    Murfreesboro, TN 37130
    (615) 895-1887
    Distance: : 1.23 mi
  • Rutherford County Archives
    Located in the heart of Murfreesboro, the Rutherford County Archives is a jewel for genealogists and researchers. With collections pertaining to the permanent and historical records of Rutherford County, the Rutherford County Archives is the source for information on local families and history. We are always eager to assist patrons with their research requests. If we can’t help you, we will point you in the right direction to find the information that you seek. 
Come visit our 10,000-square-foot facility, and be sure to visit our website for more information.
    Open: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Admission: No admission charged.
    435 Rice Street
    Murfreesboro, TN 37130
    Distance: : 0.46 mi
  • The Heritage Center
    The Heritage Center
    Offers a glimpse into the rich history of the community as well as free, guided walking tours of the historic square.
    Open: Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday by group reservation only
    Admission: Free
    225 West College St
    Murfreesboro, TN 37130
    (615) 217-8013
    Distance: : 0.20 mi

Civil War

Civil War

  • Confederate Circle
    Murfreesboro is home to the chilling Confederate Circle inside Evergreen Cemetery, a mass grave that contains the remains of Confederate soldiers killed in the Battle of Stones River.
    Admission: Free
    519 Greenland Dr.
    Murfreesboro, TN 37130
    Distance: : 0.92 mi
  • Fortress Rosecrans
    Fortress Rosecrans
    This earthen fortification was constructed by Union troops following the Battle of Stones River and served as a 200-acre supply depot for the Union.
    Open: Year-round during daylight hours (closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas)
    Admission: Free
    Old Fort Park, 1916 Golf Lane
    Murfreesboro, TN 37129
    (615) 893-9501
    Distance: : 1.15 mi
  • Historic Sam Davis Home & Plantation
    Historic Sam Davis Home & Plantation
    This plantation tells the story of a young Confederate hero and the tumultuous time in Middle Tennessee before, during, and after the Civil War. Tour the nine-room main house, original kitchen, smokehouse, and see authentic slave dwellings.
    Open: Call for hours
    Admission: Charged
    1399 Sam Davis Rd
    Smyrna, TN 37167
    (615) 459-2341
    Distance: : 11.61 mi
  • Oaklands Mansion
    This nationally registered historic landmark was once the plantation home of the Maney Family, and was caught in the crossfire of the Civil War. Oaklands reflects a prosperous time reminiscent of rolling plantations and Southern belles, and was occupied by both Union and Confederate armies.
    Open: Year-round, Tues-Sat 10 am-4 pm & Sun 1 pm-4 pm
    Admission: Admission Fee Charged
    900 N. Maney Ave.
    Murfreesboro, TN 37130
    (615) 893-0022
    Distance: : 0.77 mi
  • Public Square in Historic Downtown
    Public Square in Historic Downtown
    Open: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 4:30 PM
    Admission: Free
    Public Square
    Murfreesboro, TN 37130
    (615) 898-7745
    Distance: : 0.12 mi
  • Rutherford County Courthouse
    Rutherford County Courthouse
    The courthouse dates back to pre-Civil War times when it also served as a watchtower, ballroom and prison, as well as Tennessee’s state capitol from 1819 to 1826. After a fire destroyed the original, the present structure was built in 1859 and is one of six antebellum courthouses still in use in Tennessee today.
    Open: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Admission: Free
    Public square in historic downtown
    Murfreesboro, TN 37130
    (615) 898-7745
    Distance: : 0.00 mi
  • Stones River National Battlefield & National Cemetery
    Ranking as one of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles, the pivotal Battle of Stones River began on New Year’s Eve in 1862 and lasted three days. More than 81,000 soldiers engaged in ferocious combat that left 23,000 casualties. The 650-acre national park includes the Hazen Brigade Monument, believed to be the nation’s oldest intact Civil War memorial. The Stones River National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 6,000 Union soldiers killed at the battle. Interpretive programs and living history demonstrations are presented throughout the year. The Visitor Center offers a museum and orientation program.
    Open: Daily 8 am-5 pm (closed Christmas and Thanksgiving)
    Admission: Free
    1563 North Thompson Ln
    Murfreesboro, TN 37129
    Distance: : 2.72 mi

Pioneer Times

Pioneer Times

  • Cannonsburgh Village
    Cannonsburgh Village
    Cannonsburgh, the original name for Murfreesboro, is a reconstructed Southern village that was part of the 1976 Bicentennial project. The village includes a town hall, gristmill, one-room schoolhouse, log home, church, general store and a working blacksmith’s shop that all serve as reminders of life in pioneer times. While you’re here, make sure to see the World’s Largest Cedar Bucket.
    Open: Open: May 1-Dec 1, Tues-Sat 9 am-4 pm, Sun 1 pm-4 pm; Dec 1-Apr 30, Tues-Fri 9 am-3 pm. Grounds are open year-round
    Admission: Free for self-guided tours
    312 South Front St
    Murfreesboro, TN 37129
    (615) 890-0355
    Distance: : 0.35 mi