Free Attractions in Rutherford County, Tennessee

Free Attractions in Rutherford County, Tennessee
Rutherford County, Tenn., is a historic area located just southeast of Nashville. There is a rich heritage of Civil War history living with the modern world. Rutherford County's activities and attractions revolve around the Civil War, including the Stones River Battlefield, Oaklands Historic House Museum, Sam Davis Home. They represent the battlefields, living quarters and culture of the Civil War. There are also attractions such as Cannonsburgh, which is a pioneer village, and the Discovery Center, which is a hands-on museum geared toward kids. There are lots of things to see and do and learn in Rutherford County.

Murdreesboro Greenway System

The Murfreesboro Greenway System offers great activities for the entire family. It is a 4.5-mile paved trail system that is bordered by Stones River and Lytle Creek. This set of trails lends itself perfectly for those who like to walk, jog, run, bicycle, skate and do other similar activities. There are also two canoe points of access and four piers for fishing, as well as the General Bragg trailhead, which includes a playground. This facility is open only during daylight hours, and there is no admission to use the facilities.


The Heritage Center

The Heritage Center is a place to discover the stories and history of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County. There are exhibits to educate and take visitors back in time. Exhibits that are currently available include "The Time that Changed Everything: Murfreesboro's Civil War Era," "Entering the Modern Era: Murfreesboro's Jazz Age," "Occupied Murfreesboro," "Place Names of Rutherford County," "Community Building Blocks: Downtown Murfreesboro's Historic Architecture," "From the Nation's Capital to Neighborhood Classrooms: Rutherford County Women, Past and Present," and special exhibits like "Viewing History: Celebrating the Scenic Character of Tennessee's Historic Places." The Heritage Center is available because of a partnership between the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and Main Street Murfreesboro/Rutherford County Inc. It is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Heritage Center
225 W. College St,
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 217-8013

Stones River National Battlefield

Stones River National Battlefield is a preserved battlefield from the Civil War. It is a 650-acre national park with a cemetery. Visiting this battlefield allows you to hike around the actual battlefield where history was made. On the weekends live demonstrations are presented on the battlefield. There is also an on-site museum. This battlefield is open every day except Christmas from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stones River National Battlefield
3501 Old Nashville Highway
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 893-9501


Article Written By Melanie Butler

Melanie Butler has been a writer for 12 years and a freelance writer since 2008. She has a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Arkansas. She has worked with other writing associations such as Associated Content.

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