Heritage Festival is October 23

Murfreesboro's annual Heritage Festival is set for October 23rd.

Murfreesboro's second annual Heritage Festival gives the public free and reduced admission to area museums, Civil War reenactments, contests and live entertainment, and these are just a few of the highlights set for Saturday, Oct. 23 in Murfreesboro and surrounding areas. Set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the event spotlights the area?s rich history and cultural arts at 10 locations throughout the county.

Many of the activities will be concentrated in the historic downtown Murfreesboro area, allowing festival attendees to walk from attraction to attraction. Some of the locations and activities set for the event include:

Public Square and Rutherford County Courthouse: Free tours of the antebellum Rutherford County courthouse, Civil War reenactors encampment, historic scavenger hunt, walking tours of historic East Main Street and historic downtown, music and dance performances, historic photo exhibits, docents stationed at monuments, sales of historic books and bicentennial posters. Some of the various attractions include:

Linebaugh Public Library: Free genealogy workshops, historic photo display, children?s storytelling

Center for the Arts: Free screenings of the award-winning documentary, "Rutherford County: A Unique Look at Our Past, Present & Future"

Bradley Academy Museum: Free museum admission, Civil War encampment, street festival, live entertainment, second annual turnip green cook-off

Cannonsburgh Village: Free admission, antique car show, demonstrations of occupational arts such as fiber working and blacksmithing, storytelling, petting zoo, art show, children?s activities

Oaklands Historic House Museum: Reduced admission , hourly guided tours, free children?s activities

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring: Reduced admission, guided tours of Murfree Spring and the Bart Gordon Nature Trail, old time music, weaving, old-fashioned cooking and children?s games

Stones River National Battlefield: Free admission, new visitor center featuring new exhibits, an enlarged bookstore and a new movie about the Battle of Stones River

Sam Davis Home and Museum: "Ghosts and Goblins at Sam Davis Home" will be held at the Smyrna historic site from 5 to 9 p.m. A haunted scavenger hunt and ghost tour are among the offerings. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

To learn more about the Heritage Festival, contact the offices of the Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (615) 893-6565 or Main Street: Murfreesboro/ Rutherford County, Inc. at (615) 895-1887. Details are also available at www.downtownmurfreesboro.com.