Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Rutherford County / Murfreesboro

Marker ID: THC 3A 66
Location: at the intersection of Shelbyville Highway (U.S. 231) and Lynnford Drive, Murfreesboro, TN
County: Rutherford
Coordinates: N 35° 46.676    W 086° 24.08
  35.77793333    -86.40133333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM8P2


Rutherford County
Established 1803; named in honor of
Maj. Gen. Griffith Rutherford

of the Revolutionary Army; appointed by President Washington as a Member of the Legislature for the Southwest Territory, which later became the State of Tennessee.

First settlers came in 1799; the settlement was first named Cannonsburg. It was actualy founded in 1811, on land donated by Capt. William Lytle, who stipulated that the town should be named for Hardy Murfree, a Revolutionary veteran of Williamson County. From June, 1818 through April, 1826, it was the capital of the state.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.