When Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corporation U.S.A. began producing trucks here in Smyrna in 1983, the company transformed Smyrna from a tiny hamlet to the first and only automobile factory for Nissan in the United States. The small community and surrounding area were also important during the Civil War. The 600-acre campus of Middle Tennessee State University is a prominent part of life in Murfreesboro, entertaining residents with a variety of concerts, art shows, and theater productions throughout the year. Just a mile from downtown is the geographic center of Tennessee, so determined in 1834. Now a stone obelisk marks the spot.
Murfreesboro, like many Tennessee cities, has a number of antiques stores for those who like to collect, and area dealers stage an antiques show and sale in July every year on the MTSU campus. Each August, the International Grand Championship Walking Horse Show brings top champion horses to compete in Murfreesboro. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Nashville. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.
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