Introduction to Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Murfreesboro is located in the central portion of Tennessee in Rutherford County. Nissan North America is one of the county's major employers. In 2006 Money Magazine ranked the municipality as the 84th best to live in the country from a list of 745 cities which had populations of more than 50,000.
The town was originally named Cannonsburgh and renamed Murfreesboro in tribute to Hardy Murfree, a Revolutionary War Hero. From 1818 to 1826 the city was the capital of Tennessee. In 1862, during the Civil War, the notable Battle of Stones River occurred near Murfreesboro. When the fighting was over, the city was utilized by the Union Army as a supply base.
- Cannonsburgh Village.
- Stones River National Battlefield.
- Oaklands Historic House Museum includes a home from the Civil War era featuring a distinctive Italianate design and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Cannonsburgh Pioneer Village.
- Stones River Mall is popular with shoppers.
- The Avenue of Murfreesboro is a prominent shopping location.
- The Rutherford County Courthouse is an impressive structure and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
- Stones River Greenway Arboretum.
- Sam Davis Home is located on a large acreage of scenic farmland and includes authentic slave residences.
- Black Cat Cave.
Culture and Entertainment
- Main Street Jazzfest.
- Center for the Arts features exhibits, concerts, dance productions and other events.
- Bradley Academy Museum.
- Tennessee Miller Coliseum.
- Bluesboro Rhythm & Blues Company features live entertainment.
- Murfreesboro Philharmonic is popular with residents.
The Murfreesboro Greenway System includes the Stone River and Lylte Creek trails. The paths lead to Cannonsburgh Village, Fortress Rosecrans as well as Stones River National Battlefield. They're popular for walking, skating, jogging and bicycle riding. There are several other notable trails for recreation including Twin Forks Trail, Barfield Wilderness Loop Trail and the Stones River Battlefield Loop Trail. Barfield Crescent Park provides opportunities for picnicking, golfing and hiking. The Indian Hills Golf Club and the Old Fort Golf Course are popular with golf enthusiasts.
The city is served by the Nashville International Airport and by the Murfreesboro Municipal Airport.
Murfreesboro is home to Middle Tennessee State University.