Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Architecture on the Square
Rutherford County, Tennessee
Constructed in a restrained frugality more than stylistic choice, these structures replaced the earlier stores and warehouses that composed the antebellum streetscape around the town square. Fire, abuse, and the intentional demolition of residential, religious, and commercial properties for their materials conspired to deprive both the county seat and Rutherford County as a whole of much of its original architectural heritage.
The few contemporary photographs of Murfreesboro that have survived the war hint at a conservative architectural tradition -- one that primarily consisted of simple Federal style buildings featuring central entrances, symmetrical facades, and very little ornamentation. These solid two-story brick store buildings demonstrate the stability achieved by their owners only two generations removed from the frontier. But stability led to prosperity, and prosperity demanded new and up-to-date improvements.
The expansion of local businesses began well before the interruption caused by the war. The
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1851.
Location. 35° 50.782′ N, 86° 23.546′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is at the intersection of North Public Square and North Maple Street, on the left when traveling west on North Public Square. The marker is on the grounds of the Rutherford County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 Public Square, Murfreesboro TN 37130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Griffith Rutherford (a few steps from this marker); Federal Troops on the Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Murfreesboro (within shouting distance of this marker); Murfreesboro (within shouting distance of this marker); Murfreesboro was the Capital of the State of TennesseeThe Founding of the County (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Murfreesboro (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Courthouse Step (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 8, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 422 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 8, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.