Murfreesboro Tennessee is just south of the geographic center of the state, 35 miles southeast of Nashville. Named after Colonel Hardy Murfree of the Revolutionary War, it is the fastest-growing major city in the state, with a population of nearly 102,000 people, and in 2006, Money magazine rated Murfreesboro one of the best places to live in the United States.
In 1811, Murfreesboro was established as Cannonsburgh, the county seat by the Tennessee state legislature. In 1818, the state of Tennessee had grown so far west that they decided to relocate the capital of the state from Knoxville to the more centrally located Murfreesboro. It remained the capital until 1826, when Nashville took the title.
The city also played an important role in the American Civil War. The Battle of Stones River, fought near the town in December 1862, established Murfreesboro as a supply depot for the Union Army for the rest of the war. Visitors can pay tribute at the Stones River National Battlefield, also offering a museum and the Stones River National Cemetery, where fallen soldiers are still buried. This is an excellent destination for anyone interested in the history of Tennessee.
Historical tours are also given at the Oaklands Historic House Museum, a restored stately mansion with a fascinating past. Caught between both sides of the Civil War, the Oaklands House hosted a number of prestigious guests including Jefferson Davis, as well as serving as the location where the Confederates accepted the surrender of Murfreesboro Tennessee before the Union army reclaimed it.
Today, Murfreesboro Tennessee is home to the largest undergraduate university in the state, Middle Tennessee State University, whose students make up nearly a quarter of the population of the town. Middle Tennessee State University is divided into eight colleges, one of the most prestigious being the Department of Recording Industry, focusing on the music business, songwriting, and technology.
Murfreesboro's proximity to the Nashville music scene and MTSU's popular music program have made the arts very popular throughout the town. Music fans should visit the Center for the Arts, Murfreesboro Little Theatre, or one of the many music-oriented festivals held in Murfreesboro annually, like the Main Street Jazzfest. If you prefer smaller festivals to the crowds at the Country Music Festival, for instance, these might be perfect for you.
There are many Murfreesboro attractions that continue to draw travelers throughout the years. History buffs will enjoy the Bradley Academy Museum, the first school in Rutherford County and at one time the only African-American school in the town. A journey one mile north of Middle Tennessee State University to Old Lascassas Pike will reveal a stone monument marking the geographic center of Tennessee.
In particular, travelers with children will enjoy the hands-on Murfreesboro attractions at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring. The Cannonsburgh Pioneer Village is a full working replica of a nineteenth-century village, complete with a schoolhouse, a wedding chapel, a doctor's office, and the world's largest cedar bucket. Outdoor enthusiasts should visit Old Fort Park or Barfield-Crescent Park, Murfreesboro attractions offering acres of baseball fields, bike trails, picnic spots, tennis courts, golf courses, and a playground for children.
The most popular business hotel in Murfreesboro is the Hampton Inn and Suites, with consistently good customer service and comfortable amenities. Another highly recommended and newer hotel in Murfreesboro is the nearby Comfort Suites. However, if you're searching for a more unique hotels in Murfreesboro, try the Byrn-Roberts Inn. Housed in a restored house only two blocks from the town square, the owners of this Nashville B&B pamper their guests with delicious food and comfortable privacy. It’s the perfect place to create a memorable Tennessee vacation