Visitor At Historic Ransom School

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(MURFREESBORO) The Rutherford County Historical Society proves there's more to local history than hidden tunnels, cannons and ghosts--although they do meet this Monday night (7/15/2019) at 7:00 in the County Archives Building, 435 Rice Street.

The society always needs the various talents from volunteers. Proof was found on a hot Sunday (7/14/2019) afternoon in a tree outside the historic one-room schoolhouse at 717 N. Academy Street. In an effort to keep this antique structure free of critters, the group uses traps and humanely relocates visitors to more suitable climes.

Society Board Member and Volunteer James Allen Gooch along with Past President Frank Caperton rescued a curious opossum, and then safely took the little fellow to a more 'possum friendly' location.


MORE On Monday's Meeting

Yes, the Rutherford County Historical Society does meet at 7:00 o'clock this Monday night (7/15/2019) and Tim James will present the amazing journey of his father - Edsel Ford James - and the Three Ten Pipe and Tobacco Shop once located on East Main Street. The public is encouraged to attend.


What's The Story Behind Ransom School?

The Eliza Ransom Private School for children ages 6 to 12 operated from about 1900 to 1930 at Eliza's and her sister Belle's residence on North Academy Street. The sisters covered the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic in their school, as well as instilled a moral code into their students. Most of the students were male, but some girls attended over the years."

Because of the superior education they received at the Eliza Ransom Private School, many students were able to skip a grade or two once they entered middle school. Some former students became top civic leaders and community members.

The old one-room schoolhouse at 717 North Academy Street is now the home of the Rutherford County Historical Society. That's where they talk local history every Saturday morning from 9:00AM until noon. And yes, as Frank Caperton says, "They even put a pot of coffee on for you."

Membership in the Rutherford County Historical Society is only $25 per year for the entire immediate family. To learn more about the Rutherford County Historical Society, visit their website:

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