Thursday, June 20, 2013

Secret Tunnels Under Courthouse (Murfreesboro, TN)

Daily News Journal [Murfreesboro, TN]
19 June 2013

Written by Greg Tucker

MURFREESBORO — According to various local legends (“oral traditions” not found in any writing), secret subterranean passages radiate in four directions from beneath the historic Rutherford County Courthouse.

Tunnel lore alleges (1) a passageway from the courthouse to the river for escape from marauding enemies, (2) a tunnel from the northwest corner to the Murfreesboro Bank & Trust building, perhaps for the transfer of cash, (3) a passage from the southeast corner to the Goldstein Building (now county offices) for some unknown purpose, and finally, (4) a tunnel from the Murfree Spring to the courthouse connecting at the spring with a tunnel from the Bellwood mansion. [...]