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April 21, 2024

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Oaklands Mansion Reopens to the Public with April Events

Oaklands reopened to the public on April 1 with an exciting 2021 calendar of events that focuses on getting folks outdoors!

Oaklands Mansion is nestled in Oaklands Park, a native tree arboretum and natural wetlands, including the Maney Spring which offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

“Oaklands Park is downtown Murfreesboro’s largest natural wetland area and is a rarity for such a densely populated community,” says Connor Moss, Special Events Representative & Master Gardener at Oaklands Mansion. “The park provides a fascinating study area for both its wildlife and plant-life, and late April is wonderful time to visit.”

Self-Guided tours at Oaklands Mansion are available by reservation Tuesday – Friday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations must be received at least one hour before tour time.

They recommend guests allow 45 minutes to 1 hour for the self-guided tour. Visitors are encouraged to wear a mask. Cost is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students age 6 and up. Children 5 and under admitted FREE.

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April Events

April 23, 24: Tombstones at Twilight

As the sun sets and darkness falls, walk among the final resting places of thousands of Murfreesboro’s citizens. Hear their stories and learn about Murfreesboro’s unique past. This exclusive tour offers the visitor a rare opportunity to learn about the history of Murfreesboro while experiencing the Evergreen Cemetery after dark.

Tours will depart from the cemetery office entrance on Greenland Drive at 7 p.m. Tours will last approximately one hour. Space is limited. Tours are limited to 20 guests at $30 per person. No public restrooms are available at the cemetery. Please bring a flashlight and wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes.

All proceeds benefit Oaklands Mansion and the Evergreen Cemetery.


April 30: Oaklands Mansion’s Inaugural Ar-“Beer”-etum Wetlands & Gardens Tours

Make plans to schedule your tour to explore the former grounds of this historic plantation, now open as a public park. Along the way you will find multiple beer sampling stations provided by Murfreesboro’s own Liquid Smoke. Their expert staff members have chosen beer with notes that highlight the trees you will learn about on the grounds tour. 

Guided tours of Oaklands Park will be offered on Friday, April 30, 2021, on the hour from 4 – 8 p.m. by reservation only. After your grounds tour, you will be welcomed into the mansion for a self-guided tour with staff members available to answer questions. The Home Sweet Home Band will play live in the mansion’s back yard garden from 5 – 7 p.m. 

Admission for the grounds tour is $50 per person, and all proceeds will benefit the maintenance and preservation of the grounds. Please be aware that the entirety of the grounds tour will take place outside and requires extensive walking. Allow 1 hour for the tour and dress appropriately for the weather.



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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.