The “Wedding Dresses Through the Decades” exhibit is now open. Step back to yesterday and see the common threads that weave together the lives of women through the decades in middle Tennessee and across the country.   Enjoy traveling through time as you walk among over fifty gowns that are being placed on loan and exhibited, most for the first time. The “Wedding Dresses Through the Decades” exhibit at Oaklands Historic House Museum is presented in partnership with the Human Sciences Department of Middle Tennessee State University and sponsored in part by Bell Jewelers, Encore Bridal & Formal Wear, Julia’s HomeStyle Bakery, Rion Flowers and Gifts, Tech Works, The Write Impression, Street Tuxedo and Wilson Bank and Trust.

Wedding dresses from every decade 1860 thru 2014, will be on display in Maney Hall and open to the public at Oaklands Historic House Museum from January 11 through March 8, 2015.  During this exhibit, grandmothers, mothers and daughters will have the rare opportunity to view items from, not only the museum collection, but also elegant and fashionable wedding dresses worn by ladies from both Murfreesboro and around the country. Many of which have been stored for decades under beds and in the back of closets.

“These treasured garments reveal stories and secrets of the past,” said Mary Beth Nevills, Education Director of Oaklands. “We look forward to sharing with you this year’s exhibit, full of new dresses from our community’s past.”

Witness the changes in fashion from different areas, eras and cultures as we transcend time to the modern day bride. The exhibit will be open during regular hours, Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sundays 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. You may also view the gowns by appointment, by calling 615-893-0022. Admission to the exhibit is $8.00 per person and is open to the public. Group tour rates are available upon request. Museum tours are available at regular rates during regular museum hours.

Special evening openings of the elegant and fashionable wedding dresses will take place on the following Friday evenings: January 23, February 6 & 20, and again March 6th from 4:00pm until 8:00pm.

For more information contact Mary Beth Nevills at Oaklands (615) 893-0022 or email