It’s right in the heart of Tennessee just southeast of Nashville and within a day’s drive of 75 percent of the nation’s population.
The history, shopping, sports and arts opportunities will make you want to stay a while. Rutherford County’s cities and towns—Murfreesboro, Smyrna, La Vergne, and Eagleville — offer a long checklist of things to do and see.
Living history demonstration at Stones River National Battlefield
Head back into another century to Stones River National Battlefield, where 23,000 casualties were sustained in one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Stroll through antebellum treasures like the Historic Sam Davis Home & Plantation and the Oaklands Mansion, an antebellum home caught in the crossfire of the Civil War. Visit Cannonsburgh Village to explore Tennessee life from 1830-1930, which includes the World’s Largest Cedar Bucket. The connection with the past feels vibrant because of events featuring craft demonstrations, storytelling and old-timey music.
Visitors at the Historic Sam Davis Home & Plantation
More than 85 shopping and dining venues fill The Avenue® Murfreesboro, the largest open-air retail lifestyle center in Tennessee. At Stones River Mall, shoppers can browse more than 75 retailers and enjoy a recently added courtyard. Fashion boutiques and unique gift shops fill Historic Downtown Square in Murfreesboro.
Rutherford County offers a wide variety of dining options to please every taste, from familiar favorites to unique local eateries. Choose from more than 350 restaurants, including local favorites Demos’ Restaurant, Toot’s, Miller’s Grocery, Kleer-Vu Lunchroom, Maple Street Grill, City Café and more. The Mayday Brewery in Murfreesboro has become a hit with the craft brew crowd since opening in 2012.
Youth and collegiate sports are also huge here. In fact, Rutherford has trademarked the name “The Sports Capital of Tennessee.” The Blue Raiders keep life exciting at Middle Tennessee State University. Most of the high school state championships are held in Murfreesboro, including the multi-sports Spring Fling in May.
Oaklands Mansion, an antebellum home caught in the crossfire of the Civil War
With places like splash-happy water park Boro Beach and the hands-on Discovery Center, families are never at a loss for things to do. Take a tour of the Nissan Plant in Smyrna where the electric Nissan LEAF® is built along with a host of other Nissan vehicles. Or, hop on a bike and take a ride on the trails on Murfreesboro or Smyrna’s greenway systems.
The Avenue® Murfreesboro is the largest open-air shopping venue in Tennessee
Rutherford County is also big on the arts. The Center for the Arts, housed in a building dating to 1909, presents art exhibitions, stage productions and concerts. The Springhouse Theatre in Smyrna offers a strong lineup of plays and musicals each year.
Rutherford County is The Sports Capital of Tennessee® and hosts local, regional, and national competitions
Just one visit and you’ll discover what we’ve known all along: Rutherford County offers a unique and unforgettable Tennessee experience, effortlessly bringing together the excitement of the big city and the warm, welcoming charm of a small town.
Murfreesboro downtown square, featuring the historic Rutherford County Courthouse