William Hardy Murfree was born October 2, 1781 to Revolutionary War hero Col. Hardy Murfree and his wife Sally Brickell. The youngest of four children, he was graduated from the UNC at Chapel Hill and began his law practice in 1802. William Hardy married Elizabeth Meredith Maney. They lived in the Peter Williams house next to his law office. He was elected to the NC state house of representatives in 1805 and served two terms. Then running as a Republican, William Hardy was elected to the Thirteenth Congress in 1813. Re-elected in 1817, he served as chairman of the Committee on Public Expenditures. In 1823, he moved to Williamson County, TN because of declining health. He died there January 19, 1827 and was laid to rest at the Murfree Cemetery northwest of Franklin, Williamson County, TN.
William Nathan Harrell Smith was born in Murfreesboro September 24, 1812 to William Lay Smith and Nancy Harrell. He was graduated from Yale Law School in 1836 and began his law practice in Murfreesboro in 1839. William N. H. married Mary Olivia Harrell and had three sons. Involved in local politics, he served in the state legislature in 1840 and the state senate in 1848. He was appointed solicitor for the 1st judicial circuit and held that office for two terms. Pro-secession William N. H. served in the Confederate Congress from 1861-65 then returned to the NC legislature. During President Johnson’s Administration, he was instrumental in developing a reconstruction policy for the state. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1868. After leaving the political arena, he practiced law in Norfolk, VA from 1870-72. He returned to NC and settled in Raleigh. William N. H. was appointed chief justice of the NC Supreme Court in 1878 and served in that position until his death November 14, 1889. He is interred in Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh.
We have moved our annual candlelight tour outdoors! Houses will be lit and decorations will abound! Musicians, carolers, and The Potecasi ...
Our annual candle light tour is taking to the streets! Take an outdoor stroll around the historic block in downtown Murfreesboro. See Below for details and come join the fun! Free to the public. Donations accepted!