FUN This Saturday on the Murfreesboro Square and a One-Room School House Exhibit

Aug 02, 2021 at 09:19 am by WGNS

Most people have never seen a one-room schoolhouse, but that was the reality in the 1800’s and into the 1900’s.

This Saturday on August 7th, local residents will have the chance to step back in time to get a better understanding of what education was once like in a one-room schoolhouse, thanks to Shacklett’s Photography on the Murfreesboro Square.

Between 9AM and 12-Noon during the Main Street Market in Downtown Murfreesboro, there will be a “Back to School Party”. Shacklett’s Photography will feature a “Back in Time: Back to School” event.

The local photography studio will have a series of photographs on display to highlight the Rural Life of Rutherford County, featuring the story of the “One-Room Schoolhouse.” This display will showcase some unique images and artifacts from one-room schoolhouses in Rutherford County.

Gloria Christy at Shacklett’s tells WGNS about one of the photos that is special for personal reasons…

The story of rural life in Middle Tennessee begins with the farmlands nestled near the bottom of the great bowl known as the Central Basin of Tennessee. Not long after settling in Rutherford County, hard-working pioneer farmers made educating their children a priority. Learn how that was achieved.

Join the fun this Saturday on the local square. Play Hopscotch and jump rope just like kids long ago.

(MURFREESBORO)  The historic Murfreesboro square comes alive with fun events. Everything from a live band playing for a community concert and dance, local farmers market, and a look into the one-room school houses of years gone by.

Next Saturday (8/7/2021) Main Street Murfreesboro is coordinating a “Back to School Bash” during the Saturday Market hours (8:00AM-noon). 

Examples of how children played during the turn of the century as well as what happened in one-room schoolhouses will be depicted in the grassy area beside Shacklett’s on the eastside of the square. Yes, it we will be family friendly and free!  There will be a back to school story board and some interactive old games for kids to play.

Read to Succeed will be giving away books.

Wild Goose Chase will conduct a downtown scavenger hunt.

“Everybody Loves Drumming” will be set up for participation with drumming from 9:30-10:30AM. 

Shacklett’s Photography is setting up an “Back in time: back to school” story board and some interactive old games for kids to play.

A Step Into The Past

NewsRadio WGNS spoke with historian Gloria Christy about what this county was like in the times when one-room schoolhouses were the norm . . .


The music of Uncle Dave Macon told about life in the early days. It included what youngsters as well as adults did. The verses also brought the trial of the time and keep them alive in your mind even today.  CLICK HERE to visit some interest history from Uncle Dave.

If you are interested in getting your name out to the community, donate prizes that will be given away to kids who turn in their scavenger hunt card.  Ideas are:  gift certificate for $5, gift card for one cookie, one scoop of ice cream, one piece of chocolate, discounts off a meal, and more.  Anything under $10 will be appreciated from your store!  Missy Lay will type of all donations and give credit to the stores who participate.

For more information, contact Main Street’s Executive Director Sarah Callender at 615-895-1887.

Details on the One-room Schoolhouse

Call Shacklett’s Photography at 615.893.2369

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