Southern Greek Revival ArchitectureThe original section of the house was constructed in the Federal style before 1814 by Benjamin Roberts of Northampton County, North Carolina. In 1835, it became the property of Colonel Uriah Vaughan, a wealthy merchant. In 1850, Col. Vaughan enlarged the four-room house and added its present Greek Revival features. All original woodwork, including doors, mantels, wainscoting, and floors, is intact. This lovely home is known for the quantity of outstanding marbleizing, or feather painting, and graining. Three of the original outbuildings have been restored and the carriage house has been reproduced.

The Roberts-Vaughan House is located in the heart of Murfreesboro’s central business district and houses the offices of the Murfreesboro Historical Association and the Chamber of Commerce.

The building is open to the public 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday..


Garden with GazeboThe Roberts-Vaughan Village Center Yard and Gazebo are available for rental opportunities such as weddings, receptions, luncheons, family reunions, etc.

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For more information about renting the facility contact the Murfreesboro Historical Association at 252-398-5922.

The Romance of Mary Ann Roberts and Matt Murfree

In May 1816, the lovely Mary Ann Roberts agreed to marry the prominent General Boon Felton; however, her true love was young Matt Brickell Murfree. Mary Ann and Matt faithfully kept in touch with one another by placing candles in the upper story windows of their homes, the Roberts-Vaughan and Melrose (which faced each other.)

The evening before her wedding day, Mary Ann sent word that she wished to elope with Matt. The next day, General Felton arrived in Murfreesboro to find his fiancée married to Matt. Due to this action, Mary Ann was completely disowned by her family.

The young couple settled in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where Matt became a distinguished physician. The couple lived a long life together and reportedly had 18 children.

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