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.
Between the Lines Book Club - April 7th & 14th
The Between the Lines: Reading About the Civil War group will be meeting April 7 and April 14 at 7:00 PM at the Heritage Center. The book to be discussed is A Massacre in Memphis: The Race Riot That Shook the Nation One Year After the Civil War by Stephen V. Ash. Click here for more information.
New guide to preserving African American places released!
MTSU's Center for Historic Preservation has released a new guide to preserving African American places. "Preserving African American Historic Places: Suggestions and Sources" reviews the varied historic resources that document the stories of African Americans in Tennessee from the antebellum period to the Civil Rights movement. In addition to providing historical context for these resources, this publication sets forth hands-on suggestions for their preservation and interpretation.
New publication about Rutherford County's Civil War battles
We have a new publication at the Heritage Center about Rutherford County's Civil War battles! "The Country All Around Was Laid Desolate": Rutherford County's Civil War Battles briefly describes the five battles that occurred in the county. You can pick up your free copy at the Heritage Center, or you can view a digital copy here.
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.
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 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.