Crichlow House in Murfreesboro

When Ingram Collier III left Virginia for Murfreesboro in the mid-19th century he had little money to his name. He took a job as a cashier at First National Bank of Murfreesboro and worked as a cotton broker on the side. Ingram invested his money in cotton, real estate and bank and railroad stock. His investments paid off over time and he became one of the wealthiest men in town. At one point Ingram had three cotton stores on North Maple Street before turning his attention to politics and becoming mayor of Murfreesboro in 1872. In 1979 Ingram began building his home on 511 East Main Street but after the first floor was built he got leukemia and died. His wife and daughter Carmine moved in and completed the home with money Ingram had left the family. The home stayed in the family until the 20s when his wife moved out before her death.

After sitting empty for nearly twenty years it was purchased by former Murfreesboro mayor Newton Crichlow and lived there until his death in 1970. The house once again sat empty for 15 years until it was bought by the Smythe family who have lived there since.

Despite it’s beauty the Crichlow House has experienced a lot of tragedy. According to legend Carmine Collier was engaged to be married early in the 1900s and was supposed to get married in the on the property. The day of the wedding a jealous ex-boyfriend rode up to the house on horseback and shot Carmine’s fiance, killing him instantly. A member of the Collier family also suffered a stroke in the home a short time later and died in one of the bedrooms.

Vistors to the Crichlow House tell stories of hearing strange noises and footsteps in the home. Voices can also be heard at night in different rooms. Lights turn themselves off and on and doors open and shut on their own. Things were so strange that the in the late 90s the owners would offer money to anyone who could spend an entire night on the third floor. No one took them up on their offer.

The Crichlow House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Please respect the privacy of the residents in the home. It is private property.

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