Tennessee August 09, 2017
Most People Don’t Know This Tiny Town In Tennessee Even Exists
Cannonsburgh Village is located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and pays quite to the compliment to the Volunteer State’s past. We decided to figure out just what the draw is for this quirky little town, why families fawn over it and crowds pack it full, why Tennesseans get married there and take pictures amongst the old buildings. It’s a sweet story, a fun story, one that you’ll probably love to hear.
Cannonsburgh was the original name of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, although it was changed to honor military Colonel Hardy Murfree just a month later. "Cannon" actually came from a local politician by the name of Newton Cannon. Right in the heart of Murfreesboro, you can visit an homage to the area's past.
Cannonsburgh Village is meant to represent the 100 years of Tennessee life between 1830 and 1930. The village is designed to be a timepiece, a village completely frozen in time. It's where you can relive the pioneer days and experience the way life really was.
The little town consists of a school house, the Leeman House, a museum, a caboose, even a wildly popular wedding chapel. Visit the general store of the blacksmith's shop, head to the telephone operator's house - immerse yourself in the way things were.
The entire community gets involved on Pioneer Days, which normally occur in the springtime. You'll want to check the local calendar, but it is an interesting way to get your kids to learn about history while also using their hands and activating their innate curiosity.
Like we said: fun and quirky and interesting for the WHOLE family. It's truly a Tennessee family affair!
The blacksmith shop is one of the most popular spots in the village for visitors. Also: while all the buildings in the village are original, they were actually BROUGHT to the area, routed from their original Tennessee homes. Interesting, hey?
The village is an example of a, "living museum". It's a way to visit the past, a way to completely inhabit the whole of it without protected glass. And people love it! The Pioneer Days event is actually one of the most well-attended events in Murfreesboro.
The historic village is open Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sundays. The space is well-cared for and great if you're looking to immerse yourself in some southern history. Tours are free if you choose the self-guided option, or you can head to the visitors center to sign up (for a small fee!) for the guided tour.
Continue exploring Tennessee with this
beautiful historic monument.