Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County    

Welcome to the 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.

October 2015
Heritage Month

Join us and bring your lunch on Tuesdays in October at 11:30 for community heritage talks on a variety of topics related to Rutherford County's rich history. For a full schedule, click here.

Come see the "W.L. Clement: Reformer, Educator, Photographer" exhibit currently on display!

Recent Events

Rutherford County Historic Cemetery Tour
This project was a collaboration between the Rutherford County Archives, Rutherford County OIT/GIS, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, the Rutherford County Historical Society, and Bradley Academy Museum & Cultural Center. You can access a digital copy of the driving tour here.

"Sharing Our Past" Rutherford County Heritage Month
October 2014
We hosted a Community Heritage Talk every Tuesday in October as part of Rutherford County Heritage Month.  Join us each week at 11:30 as we hear a variety of different speakers talk about different aspects of our past. Click here for the schedule.

Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964
May 2014
A traveling exhibition that explores a Mexican migrant worker program is coming to the Heritage Center in May 2014.  This bilingual panel exhibition was organized by the National Museum of American History, and the Tennessee tour is sponsored by Humanities Tennessee.

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

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 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.  You may purchase a copy of the book 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.

Youth Leadership Rutherford visiting the Heritage Center in 2012.
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.

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The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County
225 W. College Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 217-8013

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