The Square in downtown Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is a historic, scenic and classically Southern place. It's a mix of quaint small businesses, throw-back hardware stores and barber shops, music stores, restaurants old and new and a seemingly constant one-way flow of traffic. The bordering buildings sport a blend of 19th, 20th and 21st century architecture. The air smells like magnolia blooms, hickory smoke and sawmill gravy. Looming above it all is the multi-storied courthouse, which was occupied by both Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War, endured major renovations and even a tornado through its two centuries of existence and overseen one of the fastest growing communities in the country. The Square is a microcosm of the city itself. It's made of artistry and pride, scarred by death and conflict but tempered by celebration and rebirth. It hosts jazz festivals and farmers markets and peaceful protests and parking challenges. It is essentially Murfreesboro..
It's also home to The Church Street Gallery, a wonderful, relatively-new addition to the Square's ever-growing presence of galleries and shops supporting local artists and craftspeople. I'm proud to be one of the artsy crowd, and even prouder to have some of my artwork hanging on the walls of the CSG. If you're in the 'Boro, you'll inevitably visit the Square. It's magnetic, and almost literally, the hub of the wheel. And despite the endless number of spokes jammed with traffic in this growing city, every one is fueled by the spinning centrifuge of this still-charming town. And, when you're downtown, please visit the Church Street Gallery and spend a good bit of time enjoying some of the very best artwork our community can offer.
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