The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County

The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County serves as a visitor orientation center that tells Rutherford County's most powerful and compelling stories through permanent and temporary exhibits. The Center is also a learning lab for MTSU students and a site for public programs. Be sure to visit our new student-curated exhibit, "Stories of the Road."

Tennessee Century Farms

Since 1985, the Center for Historic Preservation has honored the dedication and contributions of families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. More than 1,800 farms have been recognized, with at least one farm in each of Tennessee's counties. Shown here is the Fogg Hollow Farm (1894) in Hickman County.

Teaching with Primary Sources

Teaching with Primary Sources--Middle Tennessee State University, a program of the Library of Congress administered for Tennessee educators by the CHP, holds workshops across the state for K-12 teachers and librarians. Here, teachers analyze a primary source at a workshop in Murfreesboro.

Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area

As a program of the Center for Historic Preservation, the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area provides leadership and support to organizations across the state, creating opportunities for education, interpretation, preservation, and economic development. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Charleston served as a hospital during the war.

Preservation Guides

We have several preservation guides that provide hands-on tips and historical background essays for resources in historic African American communities and along the Trail of Tears. The Hiwassee River Heritage Center is a key partner in the interpretation and preservation of the Trail of Tears.
Brown-Hancock House Listed on National Register

Brown-Hancock House Listed on National Register

Based on a nomination completed by the Center, the Brown-Hancock House in Woodbury has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Located in Cannon County, the Brown-Hancock House was originally constructed in about 1869 and significantly expanded from 1916 to 1918 by Nashville architect Thomas W. Gardner.
Heritage Center

Heritage Center

School may be out, but there’s still plenty to learn at the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County! Beat the heat and bring the family to see our recently updated local history exhibits at 225 West College Street in downtown Murfreesboro. We are open 10:00 AM-3:00 PM, Monday-Friday, excluding major holidays. If you have any questions, call 615-217-8013.
New Morristown-Hamblen County Driving/Walking Tour

New Morristown-Hamblen County Driving/Walking Tour

Developed as a collaboration between the Center and the Crossroads Downtown Partnership of Morristown, a new driving and walking tour contains two sections: core sites in downtown Morristown, including a walking tour of the central business district, and an exploration of other historic sites in Hamblen County along the Andrew Johnson Highway corridor.