Cannonsburgh (the original name of Murfreesboro) Village is a recreated mid-18th century and early 20th century village and living museum. The village is home to over a dozen historical buildings, most of which were purchased and relocated to Murfreesboro from various locations within Tennessee. All the buildings display period furnishings and artifacts in an authentic manner. The village and docents do an admirable job conveying and describing what life was like in a small turn of the century Tennessee town.
began on Cannonsburgh Village in 1974 and it was completed in 1976, just in
time for the country’s bicentennial celebrations. One enters the village over a vintage iron
bridge, complete with toll gate. Its
collection of historical buildings include a gristmill with working water
wheel, the Leeman House, the Wedding Chapel, town hall, doctor’s office, general
store, and the Anderson Blacksmith’s Shop which is still operational and offers
smithing classes. The village is also
home to what is claimed to be the world’s largest cedar bucket.
at the village include the C. N. Haynes Museum which houses antique farm
equipment and other 18th century artifacts and the Murfreesboro Art League’s
gallery. The Stone’s River Car Club also
has its headquarters at the village in the form of a reconstructed 1920s gas
station and garage. This garage contains
an original 1934 Model A 2 door, various vintage gas pumps and dozens of
historical vehicle tags from Tennessee and around the globe.
the village is free for self-guided tours and guided tours are available for a
nominal fee. The Chapel and grounds are
also available for weddings, picnics, and corporate or other themed
events. Finally, Cannonsburgh Village annually
hosts Pioneer Days in April and Harvest Days in October.