MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The public is invited 7-9 p.m. Aug. 25 to the grand opening of the Outdoor Classroom at Oaklands Mansion. The open house is free.
Experience this educational addition, as well as new wheelchair accessible sidewalks which encircle the entire mansion. A food truck will be selling beverages and snacks. Live music will be performed by Elaine Winters & Friends. Guests can visit the mansion and stroll the beautiful grounds.
Oaklands Mansion, an antebellum house museum located in downtown Murfreesboro, received a grant from The Christy-Houston Foundation for construction of an outdoor classroom and brick sidewalks which reach around the house. The historic mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for both its architectural and Civil War significance. Since its initial restoration in1959, the mansion has been a house museum where visitors and residents can learn more about the community’s roots.
The new outdoor classroom will be used to create a more dynamic experience for visiting school children, local residents, and tourists. This engaging space is situated around the historic detached kitchen, root cellar and herb gardens of Oaklands Mansion. In addition, the connectivity of the grounds is completed by means of sidewalks joining the Visitors Center, Mansion and Cottage. In the past, many visitors never saw the sides and back façade of the mansion due to uneven footing. Now, with an ease of movement, visitors will learn about medicinal and culinary uses of herbs in the period garden. The root cellar and detached kitchen will aid in the interpretation of food from planting through harvest, preservation and preparation.
For more information, visit www.oaklandsmansion.org or call Oaklands at 615-893-0022.
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