Be at a place where you can experience the earliest days of Murfreesboro! Please join the Rutherford County Archaeological Society (RCAS) as we host another Public Open Day on Sunday, October 24 from 2:00 to 4:30PM at the “Old City Cemetery.” The cemetery is downtown at E. Vine and S. Maney (Note: this is not Evergreen Cemetery). Due to its fragile nature and endangered status, the cemetery is not regularly open to visitors. The site includes the buried remains of the 1820 Old First Presbyterian Church, its original burying ground, and acreage added to become the city’s first public cemetery in 1837.
Enjoy our displays and handouts, take a self-guided tour, select graves are featured and all soldiers’ graves and memorials will be marked with flags. See where the church once stood. Learn about our ongoing historic preservation project for Murfreesboro’s special place of history and hallowed ground.
Open at 2:00, at 2:30 there will be a brief ceremony at the entrance. The Rutherford County Chapter of the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities (APTA) will unveil a county historic marker. RCAS will also be presenting the addition of a National Register of Historic Places plaque. The site has actually been on the NRHP for over a decade.
This is a free event. Please be aware that there is uneven ground in the cemetery. There are no facilities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is plenty of parking available in the parking lot directly across the street. Questions? email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you!