Off the Beaten Path
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In the heart of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, sits Cannonsburgh Village, a historic blending of original on-site buildings with acquired and relocated buildings. Parking is easy, and sidewalks abound around, so wheelchairs are possible for most of the village. On the grounds are a gristmill, a schoolhouse, a caboose, a blacksmith’s shop, the World’s Largest Cedar Bucket, and other buildings. The Visitor’s Center was closed, but an adorable cat kept watch inside, with another following me around at a distance most of the day. The gift shop, peeping through the window, has the standard souvenirs of postcards, light snacks and drinks, and t-shirts.
As a former teacher, I was delighted to read that several area schools do outdoor education field trips for only $3 per student. Parts of the facility, such as the wedding chapel, the gazebo, pavilion, and the Lions Club building, are available for rent. The chapel has a pedal organ where you pump the pedals to push air while playing. I had to try it. It was a workout but fun. You can see the Youtube video here: https://youtube.com/shorts/CL72mNyAWyg?feature=share
There are only one-stall bathrooms, so do not wait for an emergency.
The caretaker was very helpful and pleasant. She answered all my questions succinctly and politely. Several events happen year-round, including classes, arts and crafts, history, and other programs. A calendar of events is available on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CannonsburghVillage/?ref=embed_page.
I kept being drawn to one of the original wells on the site. The well behind the blacksmith shop went down 300 feet. The air from the well felt different. My science brain explains it is the humidity.
There is a walking trail outside the park frequented by dozens of people during the day. There is a homeless population that resides nearby that, in the past, has absconded with people’s things, so we were advised to keep our cars locked.
The leaves are golden and red the first week of November. The tranquility and peace of an earlier, simpler time of a fight for survival was interrupted by the planes overhead and the rumbling of the nearby trains speeding along the tracks. If you are looking for a relaxing place to fill a couple of hours in Murfreesboro, I suggest you take a self-guided tour of Cannonsburgh Village.