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Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Murfreesboro, Tennessee has a population of 136,372. It is located in Rutherford County, TN and only 34.4 miles from Nashville.

Murfreesboro is known for its American Civil War history. Stones River National Battlefield sits next to Stones River Cemetery, where over 6,000 Union soldiers are buried. It is among the 15 fastest-growing large cities in the United States. Murfreesboro is located 34 miles (55 km) southeast of downtown Nashville. Cannonsburgh Village showcases regional history from the 1830s to the 1930s, with buildings including a schoolhouse and general store.

The daily newspaper is the Daily News Journal

The closest airport is Nashville International Airport (BNA).

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Discover the Battle of Stones River; image courtesy of NPS

Murfreesboro Attractions:

Carter House, built in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter, witnessed one of the bloodiest battles during the Civil War on November 30, 1864.

Cedars of Lebanon State Park - The park consists of 900 acres situated amidst the 9,420-acre Cedars of Lebanon State Forest.
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Historic Carnton Plantation

Historic Carnton Plantation - On November 30, 1864, the tragedy of the Battle of Franklin, so devastating to the Confederacy, unfolded in the fields near Carnton, home of John and Carrie McGavock. Over 20,000 soldiers in the Army of Tennessee attacked well-fortified Union breastworks at the southern edge of town. Soon the McGavocks would witness the carnage of war as they opened the doors of their home to be used as a field hospital for wounded Confederates.

The Factory at Franklin is a vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment complex located in Franklin, Tennessee. The Factory is a member of the National Register of Historic Places. The Factory occupies the circa-1929 buildings that once served as the Dortch Stove Works, Magic Chef and later the Jamison Bedding Company.

Belmont Mansion was constructed as one of the most elaborate antebellum homes in the South, with 36 rooms and 19,000 sq. ft. The estate contained an art gallery, conservatories, lavish gardens, aviary, lake and zoo.

Belle Meade Plantation

Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center - a historic school building in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, that now serves as a museum and community center.

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens are seen and enjoyed by 170,000 visitors each year. The property was once the elegant home of the Cheek family. The 55 acre site includes the original Cheek gardens, designed by Bryant Fleming, with pools, fountains, statuary, extensive boxwood plantings and breathtaking views of the rolling Tennessee hills.

Country Music Hall of Fame presents the crown jewels of its vast collection to illustrate country music's story as told through the turns of two centuries. A treasure trove of historic country video clips and recorded music, dynamic exhibits and state-of-the-art design, regular menu of live performances and public programs, museum store, live satellite radio broadcasts, on-site dining and fabulous public spaces all contribute to an unforgettable museum experience.

Discovery Center - The Discovery Center provides hands-on education opportunities for the community.

Downtown Presbyterian Church church was one of many buildings used as hospitals during the Union occupation of the city during the Civil War. It was designated Hospital No. 8 and housed 206 beds.

Earth Experience -
The museum has displays from all over the world but has a very large number of items from Tennessee. Come see our dinosaurs, fossils, gems, minerals, rocks and archeological relics.

Fortress Rosecrans - Shortly after the Battle of Stones River, the men of the Army of the Cumberland began building a massive fortification that was named after their commander, General William S. Rosecrans. Designed by Brig. Gen. James St. Clair Morton, the earthworks of Fortress Rosecrans covered more than 200 acres and protected vital segments of the railroad and a multitude of warehouses that held supplies for the coming campaign.

Go USA Fun Park - Go Karts, batting cages, mini golf, driving range, arcade games

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is open every day except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Oaklands Mansion - The history of Oaklands, an elegant mansion caught in the crossfire of the Civil War. This nationally registered, historic landmark reflects a time of prosperity in the Old South, the hardships suffered during the Civil War, and the pride of the Murfreesboro community.

The Parthenon stands proudly as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville's premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals,

Stones River National Battlefield - Learn how the Battle of Stones River changed the course of the Civil War. Learn about the many layers of history found in the park's landscapes and collections.

Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area - tells the whole story of America's greatest challenge, 1860-1875: the powerful stories of vicious warfare, the demands of the homefront and occupation, the freedom of emancipation, and the enduring legacies of Reconstruction.

Tennessee State Capitol - The majestic Tennessee State Capitol, completed in 1859, is located on a high hill in downtown Nashville. It was one of the most magnificent public buildings of its time, anywhere in the U.S.

Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum - Saved from demolition in 1954 by the Tennessee Society of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the historic house, built originally in 1799, was restored to interpret the early 19th century life of Judge John Overton, one of the state’s first Supreme Court Justices, the founder of Memphis, and a close personal friend of Andrew Jackson.

Murfreesboro Festivals:

Greenway Art Festival - Area artists display and sell their work along the Greenway trail at Old Fort Park. Browse through booths of original artwork in a family-friendly park setting. Paintings, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, glassware, mixed-media and more.

Uncle Dave Macon Days - a roots rendezvous which honors traditional American music and the career of the first superstar of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Famer, Uncle Dave Macon.


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