Murfreesboro Approves Battlefield Preservation Agreement

City Council approves a sub-grant for battlefield preservation in Murfreesboro.

The Murfreesboro City Council voted on June 20, 2024, to approve a sub-grant agreement with the American Battlefield Trust. This agreement will facilitate the purchase of a 31.6-acre property, which will be incorporated into the city’s Parks & Recreation system. The land, located off Agripark Drive and east of Gresham Lane, played a significant role in the Battle of Stones River during the Civil War.

Recreation Services Executive Director Nate Williams expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, highlighting the importance of adding natural preservation areas to Murfreesboro’s park system. The goal is to support education and conservation efforts as the city continues to grow. Jim Lewis, Acting Superintendent of Stones River National Battlefield, also expressed excitement about preserving another part of the battlefield and creating an interpretative experience for the public.

The land in question is historically significant, as it was the site of a crucial early moment in the Battle of Stones River on December 31, 1862. Lewis provided a detailed description of the events that unfolded during the battle, emphasizing the strategic movements and outcomes that led to an important Union victory.

Once the land purchase is finalized and state regulatory actions are completed, the property will be deeded to the city. The Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department will then maintain the parkland. The agreement includes a recorded easement to ensure permanent preservation, protection, and public access to the property.

The City of Murfreesboro will act as the Applicant and Recipient of an American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) Battlefield Land Acquisition Grant (BLAG). Responsibilities between the city and the American Battlefield Trust are outlined in the agreement, including the assignment of a city grant coordinator.

The total project funding cost is approximately $7.94 million, with no financial match required from the city. Future maintenance costs are expected to be minimal. The American Battlefield Trust focuses on preserving battlefields from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and the American Civil War. For more information, visit Additional information on Stones River National Battlefield can be found at

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