Culture in Rutherford County features many cultured pearls, with an abundance of historic sites, performing arts venues, music concerts and festivals. Here are some highlights:
History and historic sites are plentiful in this county that is home to landmarks such as the Stones River National Battlefield, Cannonsburgh Village and Oaklands Historic House Museum. The Sam Davis Home and Museum in Smyrna dates back to 1810 and documents the story of Civil War legend Sam Davis, while Fortress Rosecrans in Murfreesboro was the largest fort built during the Civil War, with portions of the huge fortification still remaining intact today.
Performing Arts Venues
The world's a stage for several production venues in Rutherford County, including Murfreesboro Little Theatre as well as Tucker Theatre on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. Murfreesboro's The Center for the Arts hosts performances that include Broadway musicals, dramas, concerts, magic shows and pantomime, and Lamplighters Theatre in Smyrna opened in 2004 and is a ministry of Smyrna Assembly Church.
The music scene in Rutherford County is robust, with entertainment options that include the Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra, Middle Tennessee Choral Society and an annual Main Street JazzFest each spring. The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra provides classical and pops productions to residents of Rutherford and seven surrounding counties, while Tennessee Valley Winds is a self-supporting community band of 60 members that performs 4-6 annual concerts at various Middle Tennessee venues.
Festivals and Events
It's fair to say that festivals are popular in the county, with events that include Old Timer's Day, Greenway Art Festival, Murfreesboro Arts Journey and an International FolkFest. Tennessee Heritage BBQ Festival occurs each June in Smyrna and is a Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned competition, and Uncle Dave Macon Days has descended upon Murfreesboro each July since 1977 to host national competitions for old-time clogging, buckdancing, fiddling and old-time singing.
For children, the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring was chartered in 1986 to provide hands-on education and entertainment opportunities for young children. During its first year of operation, 11,000 visitors experienced the museum’s programs, and today more than 100,000 children and families explore the exhibits each year.