193 Chaffin Place
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Phone: (615) 396-3000
Fax: (615) 396-3003
Arts & Museums
Just outside of Nashville is this small reconstruction of a pioneer settlement. It was from this settlement that the city of Murfreesboro grew. Named after the first Whig governor of Tennessee, Cannonsburgh Village features log homes, a gristmill, schoolhouse, town hall, blacksmith's shop, church and museum. Inside, each building looks as it did in the early 1800s. The camp is open to the public year round, and school groups and tours are welcome. If you come in July, you can enjoy the weekend long festival of music and hand made crafts known as Uncle Dave Macon Days.
Artists from around the country present their work at this visual and performing arts venue, which is located just 30 minutes east of downtown Nashville. The Center for Arts is part of the beautiful Carnegie Library, and consists of a large gallery and auditorium. Regular programs, such as changing art exhibits and musical performances, run throughout the year. A range of theater productions and children's workshops occur from time to time.
The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is a hands-on interactive museum that engages its visitors in every way possible. The Center began as a Children's Museum in 1986, and has come a long way since its birth. It also operates as a nature center. The exhibits being interactive provide a great scope of learning and acquiring knowledge.
Less than ten minutes south of the busy downtown district is a poignant reminder of life as it was in the 18th and 19th centuries. Farming was a way of life for early settlers in middle Tennessee, and Tennessee Agricultural Museum features a host of artifacts and farming implements. The renovated horse barn contains over 2,500 items on display, tracing the history of pioneer families. Special activities for children make this a true hands-on educational experience. Butter churning, corn shelling, quilting and story telling bring youngsters into the action and provide hours of fun and learning for all ages.
Possibly the five bloodiest hours of America's Civil War took place here at the Battle of Franklin. On November 30, 1864, Carnton was occupied by Confederate troops moving toward the well-entrenched Federal army. A devastating battle ensued. Later, the mansion housed hundreds of the more than 6,000 Confederate casualties from that battle. Adjacent to the property is the largest private Confederate cemetery in America.
Step back into time as costumed docents take you on a guided tour of life as it was in the 1800s. Stroll through the lovely boxwood garden and view the plantation outbuildings. Special exhibits and events, such as "Celtic Music Festival" and "Heirloom Quilts" are scheduled throughout the year. The Peach Orchard Gift Shop offers a variety of mementos. Space is also available to rent for group gatherings.