Wheeler House was occupied by John Wheeler and his
family from approximately 1814 to 1867. The Wheelers
were one of the foremost literary families of nineteenth
century North Carolina. Today the restored house museum
serves as a fitting memorial to the cumulative contribution
made by members of the Wheeler family to the study
and popularization of the history of North Carolina.
Although originally constructed, ca
1810, as a store belonging to William Hardy Murfree
and his business partner George Gordon, John Wheeler
purchased the building just four years later and turned
it into a residence.
Between his purchase of the building
and its lot in 1814, and his death in 1832, John Wheeler
added considerably to it by the purchase of adjacent
fields and the construction of numerous dependencies.
These included slave quarters, stables, a pig pen,
cow stall, corn crib, carriage house, and a smoke
house. A tool house, grape arbor, garden walks, and
a “white brick house” are also mentioned
as having being part of the complex. The house was
purchased in 1970 by Mrs. Charles Lee Smith, Jr. and
donated to the Murfreesboro Historical Association.
The John Wheeler house has today
been meticulously refurbished as a house museum based
on an inventory of 1832-33.