Sharing Our Past Heritage Month - Programs & Events


1870's flyer publicizes African American music performed by black artists.

Center for Popular Music Exhibit at Stones River National Battlefield

Stop by our visitor center and check out a special exhibit featuring the music of the Reconstruction Period courtesy of our partners at Middle Tennessee State University's Center for Popular Music.

Three young women look at exhibit panels.

Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County - Emancipation and Its Legacies

This exhibition examines the story of emancipation from 1850 to 1964, focusing on how, due to the persistence of African Americans, abolitionists, and politicians, the Civil War became an "abolition war";how the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1863 and the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments transformed the Constitution of the United States;and how we continue to debate the legacies of slavery and emancipation and reach for the goal of equality.

This special exhibit from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History will be on display October 3-31, 2016.

1925 photo of Murfreesboro's town square shows cars parked along the street and people walking along the sidewalks in front of businesses.

Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County - Historic Downtown Walking Tours

Enjoy a walk around Murfreesboro's historic town square with a special focus on the role music in our town's story. Call (615) 217-8013 for more information.

Mural depicting Jazz Age dancing.

Image Courtesy of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University

Heritage Center of Murfreesboro & Rutherford County Music Exhibits

Stop by the Heritage Center at 225 West College Street and check out their special exhibits detailing the role of music in our community's past.

A women in a black mourning dress stands in a room in the Sam Davis Home.

Visit the Sam Davis Home and Plantation and get a glimpse into mourning customs during the Victorian era.

The interior of Oaklands Mansion decorated for mourning.
A Mansion In Mourning

The clocks are stopped at the hour of your death, the curtains are drawn and the mirrors draped in black...come explore the unusual mourning customs and creepy superstitions of the Victorian era at Oaklands Mansion during the month of October.

Guided tours of the mansion with our mourners are available from October 1 through 31, 2016, during regular visiting hours, Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM and Sundays 1 PM - 4 PM with the last tour beginning at 3 PM.

Stones River National Battlefield Ranger Programs

Join rangers at Stones River National Battlefield for a daily talk or tour. See our Schedule of Events for more details. Ranger talks at 2 PM on weekdays and 11 AM on Sundays will focus on the role of music and musicians during the battle.


A ranger leads a bike tour.

Saturdays - 9 AM - Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

Get some exercise, listen to the music of nature, and explore the battlefield from a unique perspective on this 90-minute tour.



Sam Davis Cemetery
Thursday October 6, 2016 - Sam Davis's Birthday

Visit the Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation to commemorate the birthday of local Civil War legend with half-price admission for all guests.
Performers on stage clasp their hands together while singing.

Saturday October 8, 2016 - 4th Annual IMEA Awards

Each year, the International Music and Entertainment Association honors the best in independent music and community theatre, internationally, and they are coming to Middle Tennessee State University's Tucker Theater on October 8, 2016 with a program featuring 10-15 musical performances from nominees, special guests, and theatre ensembles from across the world. The program begins at 7 PM. For more information, go to

Book Cover - Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War

Thursday October 13, 2016 - Between The Lines Book Discussion: Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War

The monthly book club sponsored by the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro & Rutherford County will discuss Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War(2014), by Christian McWhirter. This book has received excellent reviews and covers a variety of topics related to music during the war.
Historic photo of a Civil War military band.
Saturday October 15, 2016 - The Battle of the Bands

Civil War musicians in blue and gray will gather on the battlefield and fill the park with the songs that meant so much to soldiers and civilians throughout the Civil War. They will fill places such as the Slaughter Pen with the strains that have not been heard on that ground for more than 150 years. This special event will conclude with a Confederate and Union band battling for supremacy on the field as they did on December 30, 1862 recreating that poignant moment when competition turned to unity as all soldiers' thoughts turned to the home.
The Tennessee Valley Winds play on the battlefield.
Sunday October 16, 2016 - Tennessee Valley Winds Concert

Help us celebrate the National Park Service Centennial with music inspired by our national parks.
Logo for Reconstruction: A Moment in the Sun

Tuesday October 18, 2016 - Reconstruction: A Moment in the Sun

Enjoy a special screening of NPT's documentary on Reconstruction in Tennessee with commentary by Dr. Crystal Gregory at 7 PM at the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County.

Sam Davis Home barn shrouded in fog.

Friday-Sunday October 21-22, 2016 - Ghost Tours at Sam Davis Home and Plantation

This storytelling event gives visitors a chance to hear a different tour of the historic house and property. Visitors will first be led on a haunted walk through the woods before arriving at the front walk of the historic Sam Davis Home. The event begins at 6 PM with ghost tours departing every fifteen minutes until 10 PM.

Six dancers perform during Cannonsburgh Village's Harvest Days
Saturday October 22, 2016 - Harvest Days at Historic Cannonsburgh Village

Head to Historic Cannonsburgh Village and discover more than 100 years of Murfreesboro's history and music during this special event from 10 AM to 5 PM.
A Union artillery crew fires a cannon.

Saturday-Sunday October 22-23, 2016 - Artillery Saves the Day

Watch cannons fire and hear the stories of the men who helped Union artillery play the decisive role in the Battle of Stones River. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn how music played an important role in soldiers' lives in camp and on the battlefield.

1925 Photo of a Murfreesboro Gospel Quartet

October 23, 2016 (2 PM) - Music in the Mansion at Oaklands Mansion

Join Dr. Stephen Shearon, professor in the School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University, as he discusses gospel convention-singing, gospel songs, and shape-note singing schools in Rutherford County in the mid-twentieth century. Shearon will be assisted by Rutherford County residents Mr. Key Dillard, founder and director of the Do Re Mi Gospel Music Academy (a shape-note singing school near Hartsville), and Mr. Seth Gregory, General Music Teacher and Director of Choirs at Siegel Middle School (Murfreesboro) and a singing-school teacher.

Guests should come expecting to hear southern gospel quartet performances of some of the songs discussed (led by Mr. Gregory), to be regaled by Mr. Dillard's personal recollections of singing conventions in mid-twentieth-century Middle Tennessee, and to learn something about shape-notes. They will also be invited to join in the singing.

Tickets to the program are $15.00 per person. Reservations are required as seating is limited. Reservations can be made by email at or by calling (615) 893-0022.

Heritage Center of Murfreesboro & Rutherford County Logo

Monday October 24, 2016 - Emancipation on the Front Lines

Join members of the Thirteenth United States Colored Infantry at the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County for a special living history program focusing on the experiences of formerly enslaved people who put on a uniform and fought for their freedom. Program runs from 4-6 PM.

A woman dressed for mourning stands inside the open front door of Oaklands Mansion
Friday October 28, 2016 - Flashlight Night at Oaklands Mansion

Wander through Murfreesboro's most mysterious mansion as you explore some of the unusual mourning customs and creepy superstitions of the Victorian era at Oaklands Mansion. As the doors creak open and reveal the towns spookiest historic home, you will surely enter with apprehension. Guides in mourning attire will be placed through-out the mansion to answer questions as you explore the dark corners and creepy cupboards. The shadows will be hauntingly dim. For your safety, please bring your own flashlight. After exploring the deep, dark corners of the mansion, take a walk around the hauntingly historic grounds. Tours run from 7-10 PM and admission is $5 per person.
The Sam Davis Home shrouded in fog

Friday-Sunday October 28-29, 2016 - Ghost Tours at Sam Davis Home and Plantation

Historic photo of a woman standing next to grave in Evergreen Cemetery.

Saturday October 29, 2016 - Evergreen Cemetery Tours

Oaklands Mansion staff and members of the Boro Tellers will share intriguing tales, historical facts and good old-fashioned stories during an evocative cemetery tour.

Trick or treaters stand in front of Oaklands Historic House Museum.

Saturday October 31, 2016 - Trick Or Treating at the Old Maney Mansion

Bring your little ghosts and goblins to the doors of the dimly lit Oaklands Mansion to offer their most haunting greeting. Trick-or-Treating at the "Old Maney Mansion" is free, open to the public and will take place at the doors of Oaklands Mansion from 4 PM until the candy runs out.

Last updated: October 3, 2016

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