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May 2022

RCAS In May: Displays and Artifacts at Oaklands Mansion, Sunday, May 15

4B04CA0C-B68C-488D-BD0D-4916E2248F0DThe Rutherford County Archaeological Society(RCAS) will be sharing the past with the public as a participant at Oaklands Mansion’s “Free Day” on Sunday., May 15, 2022 from 10am until 4pm. Admission to tour Oaklands Mansion is free on this day! We will be on site sharing archaeological displays and artifacts and information about some of our local projects. Please come by and see how the past is present in Rutherford County!

Here is detailed information from the website about both day and evening activities and participants:

It doesn’t matter if you are new to Murfreesboro, a long-time resident or you are just passing through, you are invited to visit Oaklands Mansion and grounds for free on Sunday, May 15, 2022. Oaklands Mansion will be open from 10:00AM – 4:00PM for self-guided tours. Signage inside the house explains the evolution of the historic site. Originally constructed as a frontier homestead, the structure evolved into a plantation house that was ultimately adapted to serve as a house museum. Staff and volunteers will be here to meet you and answer questions.

Members of the African American Heritage Society of Rutherford County, the Center for Chinese Music and Culture, Murfreesboro Little Theatre, the Murfreesboro Muslim Youth and the Rutherford County Archeological Society will also be on site to welcome you to Free Day.

Gardeners from Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation will be at the community vegetable garden from 10:00AM – 2:00PM. Oaklands Park is a native tree arboretum that includes walking trails, gardens and wetlands. View or download the map here. Oaklands Park is open daily from dawn until dusk. Oaklands Mansion is owned and operated by Oaklands Association, Inc. a 501 (c) 3 non-profit educational organization.

Volunteers from the Rutherford County Archaeological Society will be here sharing information about some of its projects in the community along with displays and artifacts. Murfreesboro Little Theatre (MLT) will offer free live performances at the base of the History Oak. Come back later that same evening to enjoy free live performances by both MLT and the Middle Tennessee Sinfonietta from 6:00PM – 9:00PM.

More details are here.

There is no charge to attend Free Day. The museum store will be open for gift shopping. My Roots Curbside Culinary food truck will be on site, so come hungry! Both the shop and the food truck accept cash and cards. This event will take place rain or shine. Please bring your own chairs and blankets. Dogs are permitted, but must remain on a leash at all times. For more information visit You can find Oaklands Mansion on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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 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?
We look forward to seeing you!


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