Things to Do in and
Around Rutherford County
- Stop in the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, which features a Civil War timeline, electric car charging station, and touch-screen interactive directories for lodging, dining, attractions and events. Pick up maps and brochures to help you plan your visit.
- Hike, swim, boat or fish at Percy Priest Lake at Long Hunter State Park.
- Walk where Civil War soldiers fought and died, at Stones River National Battlefield, a 650-acre national park and cemetery that commemorates this fierce Civil War battle where 81,000 soldiers fought.
- Visit the Sam Davis Home – the boyhood plantation home of a Confederate hero who was hanged at the age of 21.
- Stroll Murfreesboro’s historic downtown square-the square surrounds the historic courthouse and features unique shops, restaurants, and a flashback to earlier times. The square was the location for Martina McBride’s award-winning “Independence Day” music video, as well as an Emmy-winning Monday Night Football video, shot by ABC.
- Take a scenic drive through the countryside, where you will see the lush, green pastures and walking-horse farms that Middle Tennessee is famous for.
- Get a glimpse of pioneer days at Cannonsburgh Village, which features a gristmill, one-room schoolhouse, town hall, log home, church, general store, and working blacksmith’s shop, as well as a large collection of antique farm equipment.
- Enjoy lunch at Miller’s Grocery, an antique-filled country café located in Christiana that features Southern home-cooking at its finest! Taste homemade entrees and award-winning desserts and enjoy the atmosphere of this quaint local favorite.
- Visit Oaklands Historic House Museum—an antebellum mansion that was caught in the crossfire of the Civil War.
- Get a free, guided walking tour of the historic square through the Heritage Center.
- Try the famous fried dill pickles and burgers at Toot’s Restaurant-there are three locations in Rutherford County.
- Learn about Rutherford County’s African-American heritage at Bradley Academy, and hear about the importance of the United States Colored Troops.
- Visit Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and walk around the sprawling, beautiful campus of the state’s fastest-growing and largest undergraduate university.
- Stop to see Mary Kate Patterson’s home (now a private residence)-a Confederate spy during the Civil War, and one of the last people to see Coleman Scout Sam Davis before he was captured and killed.
- Beat the heat at Smyrna’s Splash Pad—a water playground with fountains, spouts and more.
- Catch 18 holes at one of our six public golf courses-all are open year-round!
- Stop at Discovery Center, a hands-on museum and environmental center which features hundreds of fun exhibits, 20 acres of outdoor wetlands, daily programs and a two-story slide.
- For your “bucket” list-see the World’s Largest Cedar Bucket at Cannonsburgh. After the original bucket (built in 1887) burned down in 2005, the Rutherford County Blacksmith Association reconstructed the six foot tall, 1520-pound behemoth.
- Stand in the exact geographic center of the state-located half a mile from the MTSU campus, the spot is marked by an obelisk.
- Take your furry friends to the Murfreesboro Bark Park for some canine fun.
- Join us for Uncle Dave Macon Days, an award-winning annual festival held the second weekend in July, that celebrates old-time music and dance. Uncle Dave was the first superstar of the Grand Ole Opry and is considered one of the forefathers of country music. Featuring music, arts and crafts, food and dancing, Uncle Dave Macon Days is fun for the whole family.
- See the chilling Confederate Circle, located in Evergreen Cemetery, a mass grave that contains the remains of Confederate soldiers killed in the Battle of Stones River.
- Take a hike! Check out the Murfreesboro Greenway for 12 miles of paved, handicap-accessible trails that border the Stones River and Lytle Creek.
- Step through time at the Rutherford County Courthouse which dates back to pre-Civil War times when it also served as a watchtower, ballroom and prison. While you’re here, learn the story of the mysterious Human Fly, who scaled to the top of the courthouse in 1923 and plummeted to his death.
- Catch a play at the Center for the Arts, just off the downtown square.
Info shared from the ReadySetRutherford.com website.