Murfree-Smith Law Office, built during the first decade
of the nineteenth century, was originally designed
to serve two functions. The eastern and larger portion
of the building, along with the basement, was to serve
as a store, possibly for use by the Gordon and Murfree
mercantile partnership. The western part was intended
to serve as a law office for William Hardy Murfree,
grandson of William Murfree, founder of the town.
Changing ownership many times, the building
was later used as a law office by William Nathan Harrell
Smith, the first native son to become Chief Justice
of the Supreme Court.
it that the building has served variously as a theatre,
jail, school, and post office. Noteworthy features
of this structure are its Flemish bond walls and original
dentil work. Some original interior woodwork remains.
the 1970s the building was purchased and restored
by the Murfreesboro Historical Association.
houses a medical display which featues medical instrument similar to those which Dr. Walter Reed may have used.