Historical Canon

Nashville, Tennessee

The Heritage Center

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 opened its doors in the fall of 2006. Our mission to is tell the engaging and compelling stories of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County to visitors and residents alike, with a special focus on Murfreesboro as a Civil War battlefield and key federal occupation base.

We tell these stories through diverse exhibits, public programs, educational events, and downtown tours. The Heritage Center also serves as an orientation center directing visitors to historic and cultural sites, resources, and events throughout the county. The Heritage Center and all its events and services are free and open to the public.

The Heritage Center is a joint venture between the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Main Street: Murfreesboro / Rutherford County, Inc., the City of Murfreesboro, and the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University. Additional operating support comes from the Rutherford County Government and State Farm Insurance. The Heritage Center is also home to Main Street Murfreesboro, a key non-profit institution that encourages the preservation of the city's historic downtown business district.

Current Exhibits:

The Time that Changed Everything: In our permanent signature exhibit, Murfreesboro's Civil War Era shares moving personal accounts of county residents as it traces life-changing local events during and after the Civil War. The exhibit also features hands-on components including a writing desk and diary of a local young woman, a soldier's tent, and school benches, with reproductions of period diaries, games, and textbooks. This exhibit is sponsored by the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area.

Entering the Modern Era
: With fabulous historic photos and artifacts, Murfreesboro's Jazz Age and early twentieth-century life in Rutherford County comes to life, telling the stories of downtown, local industry and business, higher education, and many others in the era of Jim Crow and the Jazz Age.

Place Names of Rutherford County
uncovers the history and folklore of how our community and its geographic landmarks earned their names – from Walter Hill to the Stones River, learn more about the communities across the county.

Coming Soon!
Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964 - This traveling exhibition, created by the National Museum of American History, explores the roots of Mexican migrant labor in the United States.  The Tennessee tour is made possible by Humanities Tennessee. The exhibit will be at the Heritage Center from May 1-30, 2014.

Open Monday-Friday from 10 am – 3 pm. Guided walking tours available on the hour. Group tours available Monday-Saturday by advance reservation.

Free and open to the public.


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 or email us at heritage@mtsu.edu. To visit our website, click

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