Our History

The Manor at Twin Oaks, formally known as the Henderson-Elrod home, was once located at 926 East Main Street in downtown Murfreesboro. It was built in 1886, soon after the Civil War, and no doubt many of its' carpenters and craftsmen were veterans of that war which claimed over 600,000 men both from the Confederacy and the Union. Many of those veterans of the Battle of Stones River fought only minutes from its' present location.

The home was built by former Confederate soldier, William Thomas Henderson for his wife Virginia Whitaker Henderson. Descendants of W. T. Henderson still reside in the Murfreesboro area and operate very successful businesses.

During the 1920's, the home was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Elrod. At that time, Mrs. Elrod made extensive renovations to the home and removed a large portion of the second story porches changing the Queen Anne style to a resemblance of Greek Revival architecture. The Elrods remained in the home for several decades. Cecil Elrod was the owner and operator of "Cecil Elrod's French Shoppe," an exquisite establishment for ladies fashions. His shop was housed on the square in downtown Murfreesboro.

It is said that Bobby Riggs was a frequent guest of the Elrods and enjoyed many tennis matches there. There are also stories of Mrs. Douglas MacArthur waving to the General from the front veranda of the home during the welcome parade given in her husband's honor on his return from WWII.

The Henderson-Elrod home was purchased in the early 1980's by a small group of business men in Murfreesboro with plans to develop the property. They preferred to have the historic home moved to a different location and preserve its' antiquity. In 1983, your hosts, the Boyds, acquired the house and through the skills, direction and perseverance of Doyle Boyd, the house was cut into seven pieces and relocated to the Boyds' farm Twin Oaks, a 100 acre estate, and thus became The Manor at Twin Oaks.

The initial move took most of two years to complete. Just the preparation for the move itself involved numerous men and approximately nine months of work. Lloyds of London insured the home throughout the move. This was found to be the only insurance company that would consider insuring the home.

If you are looking for a way to unwind, and you enjoy history, you will definitely enjoy seeing the pictures and hearing the amazing stories of a 5000-plus square foot home being moved to its present site, three miles east of Murfreesboro amid 100 acres of Tennessee woodland. Lieutenant Colonel R. Doyle Boyd, who is a career officer in the US Army, his wife Cindy and their three young daughters were stationed in St Louis, MO at the time of the move. Many hours and many miles have been endured throughout the relocation of the Henderson-Elrod-Boyd home.

Many of The Manor's antique furnishings date back to this time in history; a time when life seemed to move at a slower pace and genuine hospitality was the norm. The Manor has been carefully restored to reflect a by-gone era of Southern charm and to preserve some of the qualities of the old South.

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The Manor At Twin Oaks Bed & Breakfast
663 Coleman Road
Murfreesboro, TN 37127

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Murfreesboro, TN 37133

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