Murfreesboro Travel Guide

  • Monument to Hazen's Brigade at Stones River
    Monument to Hazen's Brigade at Stones...
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  • Exhibit shows items recovered from Hazen Monument
    Exhibit shows items recovered from Hazen...
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  • Battles lying ahead of Stones River
    Battles lying ahead of Stones River
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Murfreesboro Things to Do


    Two Federal groups put monuments up here at Stones River but this one was by a long ways the first erected. In fact, this monument remembering the efforts of the Second Brigade/Colonel William Hazen – 2nd Division Brigadier General John Palmer – is the oldest formal effort to honor Civil War dead. Hazen’s brigade was the only Federal brigade to not...


    McFadden’s Ford is the site where General William Rosecrans was going to shuttle across Major General Thomas Crittenden’s Left Wing on Dec 31, 1862 in order to bash in the Confederate right flank. Crittenden had begun to get his troops across with Van Cleve’s division in front when it became apparent that the Confederates had beaten the Federals to...


    The large white obelisk atop the slight rise remembers the point at which Captain John Mendenhall amassed some 57 Federal cannons which effectively snuffed out the Confederate attack on Jan 2 by Breckinridge’s division. Erected in 1908 by the Nashville, Chattanooga and St Louis Railway, the monument is not necessarily in honor of the Union guns,...


    Many men of the 111th U.S. Colored Infantry stayed on in the Murfreesboro area after they finished their work of reburying the Federal dead. The local community was aptly named Cemetery. Church, store and even a rail stop were all here. One of the former soldiers, Sergeant William Holland, is buried just outside the walls of the Hazen Monument.


    In 1865, Union dead were gathered from the area around Murfreesboro – there were several other battles besides this one – by soldiers of the 111th U.S. Colored Infantry. Over 6,100 soldiers are buried in the cemetery with the identity of some 2,500 of the men still unknown. After the battle, the Federal and Confederate dead were placed in mass...


    As with tour stop 4 and the Chicago Board of Trade Battery, here cannons figured strongly in arresting the Confederate advance midmorning Dec 31, 1862. As Sheridan’s division finally came apart around noon, Batteries H & M of the 4th U.S. Artillery – artillery batteries with history in service dating back to the Mexican War – were placed in a...


    The old brochure mislabeled the actions here as occurring at 8 am whereas they were ongoing from noon until the end of battle on Dec 31. Tour stop #1 is now #4. Either way, the stop is located just across the park road from the Visitor Center to the west, consisting of artillery and caissons. The explanatory tablet explains both about the...


    The Visitor Center is always a nice place to start from. It is located just off the Old Nashville Highway by the old entrance – today’s tour stop #4 if you come into the park off I-24 and the new entrance on Thompson Lane – Tennessee route 268. Pick up a brochure which goes a way to explaining the battle and its significance. The brochure is much...

  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church

    Lovely church! I have never been here before!! Tony and I used our GPS to help locate the church in downtown Murfreesboro, Tn. I had located an ad of theirs on for the "Annual White Elephant" was extremely crowded and had tons of great items.The church building itself is very lovely. We were able to go into many rooms...

  • Stones River Mall

    This is my favorite mall. I enjoy shopping here. Some of the shops are outside and then the rest are inside the main large building. I love going to the different stores and enjoy the people watching

  • Stones River National Battlefield...

    After our lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings in Smyrna, we decided to drive down "Old Nash" Highway into Murfreesboro to go to the Stones River National Battlefield and Cemetery.We have never been here before so we enjoyed it.We went into the Visitors Center and looked around. There was a lot of to check out. Inside of the Center, there was a lot of items...

  • Stone River National Cemetery

    Tony and I went to the Stone River National Cemetery located across the street from the Visitors Center. It is very nice place to walk around and enjoy the quietness and feel their lost souls. Over 3,000 soldiers both Confederate and Union lost their lives here and are buried. In the visitors center you can find where certain family members may be...


Murfreesboro Hotels

Murfreesboro Restaurants

  • Genghis Grill

    Today Noel and I was out shopping looking for a spring jacket for my grand daughter Saige and we saw the Genghis Grill and both wanted to try it. We had been talking about it for a while now and since Tony was not with us..seemed like a great idea. After we finished our shopping it was about 11:45 so we opted to go before major lunch traffic at the...

  • Genghis Grill Stir Fry

    Today Noel and I was out shopping looking for a spring jacket for my grand daughter Saige and we saw the Genghis Grill and both wanted to try it. We had been talking about it for a while now and since Tony was not with us..seemed like a great idea.After we finished our shopping it was about 11:45 so we opted to go before major lunch traffic at the...

  • Pollo Tropical

    We were hungry and it was about 6pm ..We had just left Ross' clothing shopping and I wanted something different but good..So, we saw the sign for Pollo Tropical...well hell, it's hard to miss a big yellow building!!!We had never been here before. None of us!!We went in and we checked out the board menu above the cashier area. Tony opted...

  • Mi Patria

    Tony, Noel and I had been motivating all around the back roads from Nashville to Lebanon then to Murfreesboro back to Nashville..It was getting around lunch time and we decided to stop at Mi Patria. We have seen it many times but this was the first time we actually stopped here..and we were very glad we did.Tony's actual words when I parked..."OH...

  • Old Chicago

    Saturday Feb 8th, Tony and I went to one of our favorite restaurants in the area ...Old Chicago. I had a received a $50 gift card for my 50th birthday from my childhood bestie...and we decided to put it to good use..So, we went for a nice dinner.It wasn't very crowded and we were seated immediately at a booth in the bar area. We were able to watch...

  • Coconut Bay Cafe

    Friday July 26, Tony and I went to one of our favorite restaurants in Murfreesboro while out running errands. We hadn't been here for awhile and they are under new management. — at Coconut Bay Cafe Murfreesboro

  • Toot's Restaurant

    August 24, 2012..went to Dinner with Tony at Toot's in Murfreesboro, TN..We like this restaurant and have been here several times. There isn't much to say, they have great food on the menu but everything is usually deep my tummy was upset so I went with soup and salad and Tony went with Shrimp and Fries..he had a beer (budweiser) and I...

  • Romano's Macaroni Grill

    I got off work and Tony and I was going to go down to Murfreesboro from Nashville to take a walk in the Stone River National Battlefield but it was already closed. We were both hungry so we thought about going to one of our favorites in Murfreesboro, "Old Chicago"..but we saw "Romano's Macaroni Grill".We had never eaten there before and I always...

  • Smashburger

    I am a fan of SMASHBURGER...I have tried several of their sandwiches and My top three favorites are: 1. Avocado Club Chicken sandwich2. Cucumber & Goat Cheese Chicken Sandwich 3. Mushroom Swiss BurgerI am in love with their "Veggie Frites" the healthier alternative to french is the fresh carrot and Green beans flash fried and served with...


Murfreesboro Nightlife

  • pub

    the aura lounge is a nice pub style bar located on public square in downtown murfreesboro. they offer televisions for sports watching. i happened to stop here to watch the alabama-tennessee football game during my recent visit to murfreesboro. good beer selection and they offer live entertainment at night. casual.

  • What Passes for Nightlife in the 'Boro

    Came here to see Cowboy Mouth - the show was great, and this place has the potential to be a cool concert venue. It's 18+, and they've been having problems with their website - I had tried to purchase my ticket to CM for three weeks, but was never able to do so. There was no advertising - in fact, when I walked into the club to pay at the door,...

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Murfreesboro Shopping

  • Michaels Arts and Crafts

    Okay who hasn't been to Michael's Arts and Crafts store...? Right? Right!!!I mean it's a given when you need and want to make something special. My daughter Noel and I love to go to this store and we can spend hours inside "touching everything" as my husband puts it. Today, we stopped at this location looking for some paint for an Antiquing project...

  • Old Time Pottery

    Getting the yard ready for summer, then go here!!! I love this store and I try to go here as much as possible..I love to shop here for myself, and for many family members. They have the cutest stuff..especially if you college owls, butterflies, gnomes or frogs..I also get a lot of my craft ideas here especially Christmas and Halloween. I wish we...

  • World Market in Murfreesboro

    I am a huge fan of WORLD MARKET!!!I love this store. I wish it was located closer to my apartment because I don't get to Murfreesboro " The Avenues" mall very often, but when I am...I hit the WORLD MARKET wide open..It is like a candy store for kids for me!!! I just feel happier just by crossing the threshold into this store. Several of my shopping...


Murfreesboro Tourist Traps

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    World's Largest Cedar Bucket - R.I.P.

    by TravellerMel Written Aug 22, 2009

    Another of my "Roadside America" finds - and since this was almost in my backyard, I had to go see it for myself! The World's Largest Cedar Bucket was built in 1887 by the Tennessee Red Cedar Woodenworks Company from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It was displayed at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and the 1904 Saint Louis World's Fair, and currently resides in Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro. At least, what's left of it still resides there...

    Apparently, the bucket was a victim of arson in 2005. It's remains are still on display, which is funny to me, since they bear no resemblence to a bucket at all. In fact, someone could have nailed some of their half-used firewood to a display, and I wouldn't be able to tell the difference!

    Unique Suggestions: The best part of this story is I travelled the 30 miles to Murfreesboro TWICE to see this - the first time I got there just after Cannonsburgh Village had closed.

    Me with the remains of the bucket Signage
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Murfreesboro Off The Beaten Path

  • sam davis home

    the sam davis home is located 10 miles north of murfreesboro in smyrna tennessee. this middle class plantation was home to sam davis the "boy hero" of the confederacy. davis was recruted by the confederate scout forces early in the civil war. he was captured by the union near manor hill tennessee on november 20 th 1863. he was wearing a makeshift...

  • Outdoor Activities

    One of the better kept secrets in Murfreesboro is our local park system that includes the greenway and Barfield. If you have a few hours to spend outdoors and would like to hike on a well maintained trail, I recommend Barfield Park. The trails are enjoyable and can be somewhat challenging if you are not used to rocks, hills, thick woods, and a few...

  • Artillery Monument

    The events of the 2nd day (Jan 1) occurred on the left flank of the Union lines. The Confederate Army had formed just over a rise, out of sight of the union lines. Union troops were 4 units deep when they were jolted out of bed by the on rush of rebels. The Union lines gave way and were about to collapse when Artillery began to fire from up on...


Murfreesboro Favorites

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    go to the lovely old downtown...

    by Slaybell_6 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: go to the lovely old downtown area. The square is so quaint and so nice. Lots of history and friendly people there.

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Murfreesboro is all the friends and friendly people there. And when I am away from it, I miss the hills, the weather, and the history .

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