If you have ever been curious about what it was like to live in Tennessee in pioneering days, a walk through Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro will scratch that itch. The charming village encapsulates southern life from the 1830s to the 1930s. A free self-guided tour of the six-acre area takes you by a gristmill, a school house, telephone operator’s house, the University House, the Leeman House, a museum, a caboose, the wedding chapel, a doctor’s office, a general store, a blacksmith’s shop, a well, and more.
We were there after-hours, so we couldn’t go inside the buildings. Just wandering among the rustic structures was entertaining. And I bet the interiors are even cooler than the exteriors!
Mike’s favorite part of the village was the tractor shed in back. It showcases tractors used in Middle Tennessee between 1920 and 1950. Mike was surprised to discover that one of the tractors was a Porsche. Come to find out, Porsche’s first diesel model was the tractor. There’s even a whole website devoted to these vintage farm vehicles!
Cannonsburgh Village is a nifty stop any time, but I imagine that it’d really come alive during Pioneer Days in April, when there’s storytelling, hayrides, cloggers and dancing, bluegrass music, an antique auto show, blacksmith demos, a craft fair and food vendors.