Murfreesboro, Tennessee – A Civil War battle, a President’s visit, a grand wedding, and near destruction; Oaklands Mansion, between 1815 and 1859, has experienced many vital events in the history of Murfreesboro.
Dr. James Maney and his wife Sallie built the home on a 274 acre land grant expanding their home with two major additions before passing it on to their son Lewis and his wife, Adaline who then added the majestic grand Italianate style addition guests are greeted with upon entering the grounds.
By 1860, this flourishing 1500 acre plantation was filled with a variety of crops. After the Civil War, however, the land dwindled due to losses suffered during the war. Surviving the battles of Murfreesboro, this home remained occupied until the 1950’s when the mansion was left vacant suffering vandalism. Scheduled for demolition, Oaklands was saved when a group of concerned local women mobilized to create The Oaklands Association. With the formation of the museum in 1959, this impressive mansion opened it’s doors to the public in 1962.
Join the thousands of visitors who travel through time as they enter the same entrance where the Maneys would have welcomed their guests as you experience over 8,000 square feet of all this historic mansion offers, complete with one third of the original family furnishings, books and documents. We welcome you into our two formal parlors, the library, all three guest rooms, the children’s rooms, as well as many more areas guests are invited to explore on this guided tour.
Our Visitor’s Center, based on a reproduction 19th century carriage house, is home to our gift shop and special events venue, offers a unique space for your event as well as a gift shop offering a wide variety of items of local artists and authors.
Our primary color pallette is simply green and black.
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