Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County
Free and open to the public, the Heritage Center is a great adventure for residents, visitors, and families!
The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County provides an outstanding history experience that you won't want to miss! A visitor orientation center that combines the best qualities of a museum and a children's field trip site, the Heritage Center tells Rutherford County's most powerful and compelling stories. Our signature permanent exhibit features the challenges Murfreesboro experienced as a Civil War battlefield and key federal occupation base.
We tell these stories through unique and interactive exhibits, public programs, educational events, and downtown tours. After providing a great overview of the county's history, our knowledgeable staff and students can then direct visitors to historic and cultural sites, resources, and events throughout Rutherford County.
Best of all, the Heritage Center and all its events and services are free and open to the public.
Watch Lincoln re-enactor Dennis Boggs deliver the Gettysburg Address on the 150th Anniversary
On the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln re-enactor Dennis Boggs presented a powerful and stirring rendition of the Address at a free presentation at the Heritage Center. To watch the address, click here.
Heritage Center Expands Civil War Exhibition for the Sesquicentennial
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County is pleased to announce the expansion of its permanent Civil War exhibition entitled “The Time that Changed Everything. Four new panels take an in-depth look at the home front and Civil War memory in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County. The exhibition also depicts activities related to both the Centennial of the war and the current Sesquicentennial.Several new artifacts are on display, including a doctor’s chair, a saddle, and memorabilia from the Centennial.
Plowshares and Swords: Tennessee Farm Families Tell Civil War Stories is now available!
The Center for Historic Preservation has proudly announced the release of Plowshares and Swords: Tennessee Farm Families Tell Civil War Stories, by Caneta S. Hankins and the late Michael Thomas Gavin. This hard-bound, limited edition book, released as part of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration, covers the entire state and uses the lives of individual farm families to tell about war, home front, occupation, and emancipation. The book includes more than 100 images of farms and farm families, many of which have never been published.
To mark the occasion, Ms. Hankins, the former assistant director of the Center for Historic Preservation, will give a talk and sign books on Wednesday, November 6th at 11:30 a.m. at the Heritage Center. All are welcome to learn more about the experiences of Tennessee's farm families during the Civil War. To learn more about the book, please visit www.tncenturyfarms.org.
Traveling exhibit Long Remembered: The Associated Press wtih Lincoln at the First Inaugural and Gettysburg on display
We have partnered with the Associated Press Corporate Archives to present this traveling exhibit at the Heritage Center through Thursday, December 12, 2013. Long Remembered consists of 14 panels that discuss press coverage of Abraham Lincoln at two important events of his presidency - the first inauguration and the Gettysburg Address. In addition, a display case containing historic postcards of Stones River National Cemetery from the Heritage Center's Ridley Wills II Postcard Collection will also be on display.
Also, on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013, the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the Heritage Center is hosting a mid-day special event with "Mr. Lincoln," played by Dennis Boggs, who will read the Gettysburg Address and entertain questions and answers. "Mr. Lincoln on the Square will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Heritage Center.
Civil War Mural
Have you seen the Heritage Center's wall-size Civil War mural? Click here
to watch MTSU professor and artist Erin Anfinson painting this focal point to our Civil War exhibit.
Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
225 W. College St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130
From I-24, exit 81-B, travel toward Murfreesboro to the Public Square. Go through the Square to the next traffic light at College Street, and turn left. The Heritage Center is located in the second block on the left, at the corner of College and Walnut.
For more information, or for group reservations, please call (615) 217-8013.
The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County
225 W. College Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130