Nashville January 23, 2017
Most People Have No Idea Just How Unique This Village Near Nashville Truly Is
Cannonsburgh Village is located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and has come to be one of the most well-trafficked historic spots in the state. Less than an hour from Nashville, this is one place that will have your children clamoring to learn more about history (we promise) and get your Tennessee heart reinvigorated with the story of our past (guaranteed). Shall we?
Cannonsburgh Village was actually built as a bicentennial project in 1976, meant to depict life in Tennessee during the 1800s. It has since grown to be a top tourist destination and darling spot to host weddings. It was one of the 16 Bicentennial Projects in the US.
You're able to walk through the village and experience what's known as a "living museum." You and your family get to visit the homes and the mill and the shops of so long ago - just not from behind glass.
Located at 312 S Front Street in Historic Murfreesboro, the village is tucked away in a hamlet of stunning Tennessee greenery. We'd recommend visiting in the springtime, to enjoy the full array of the little town. Here you can see the first iron bridge in Rutherford County.
There is a free family event every year known as Pioneer Day, and it kicks off the new season. It is one of the most well-attended events in Murfreesboro.
All of the buildings in Cannonsburgh were actually routed to the spot, moved from their original homes to create a town that enthralls the community. The blacksmith shop and the grist mill are two of the most popular spots for visitors, but we're partial to the darling white chapel.
The small spot can host up to 75 guests, and has stained glass windows as well as wood church pews lining the aisle. There's even an antique pump organ!
Cannonsburgh is also home to the Murfreesboro Art League, a group that has a gallery in the village and teaches classes throughout the year. It's here that art and history are alive and well! The Stones River Antique Car Association also maintains a garage on the property.
Interesting fact: did you know that Cannonsburgh was the original name of Murfreesboro? It was named for Newton Cannon, a local politician, but was changed by request to honor Colonel Hardy Murfree hardly a month later.
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