Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Rutherford County Courthouse
Erected between 1859 and 1861 at a cost of $50,000, the Greek Revival-style brick structure features classical columns on the east and west sides. The original cupola was replaced in the early twentieth century, and architecturally compatible wings were added to the north and south sides in 1965, to provide more office space. The historic building houses the office of the County Mayor and other officials, as well as meeting space for the County Commission.
All types of festivals and events have taken place on the grounds. One of the more intriguing is the story of the “Human Fly.” In 1923, a handsome dark-haired stranger arrived in Murfreesboro. He agreed to climb to the very top of the courthouse for a sum of money collected by the citizens. He began his ascent the evening after his arrival and he successfully made his way to the highest point of the building where the weathervane was mounted. As he descended he lost his footing and fell to his death. No one knew the man’s identity, so his body was taken to Sweeney’s Funeral Parlor on the east side of the square and placed in a casket with a glass panel in hope that someone would recognize him. After several days, the unclaimed body was buried
Erected by Rutherford County Tennessee.
Location. 35° 50.77′ N, 86° 23.508′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is at the intersection of North Public Square and North Church Street, on the left when traveling west on North Public Square. Touch for map. Located on the grounds of the Rutherford County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 Public Square, Murfreesboro TN 37130, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Founding of the County (a few steps from this marker); Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Murfreesboro Confederate Soldiers Monument (a few steps from this marker); 1860s View of East Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Forrest's Murfreesboro Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); General Griffith Rutherford (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Murfreesboro (within shouting distance of this marker); Architecture on the Square (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 256 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 8, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.