When Main Street closed the 200 block of North Academy Street for its annual Summer Party, also known as the Taste of Rutherford, on Saturday, July 27, it was a party unlike any in Murfreesboro before.

The popular fundraising event featured an evening of food and drink, music and laughter from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. At the center of the event was the Childress House, owned by Sandy Bayliss at 225 N. Academy St. Corporate sponsors and patrons of the event arrived at 6 p.m. for an early look.

The Childress House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was originally built in the form of an I-house with Greek Revival influences in 1847. In 1874, John Childress remodeled the residence in the Italianate style. He was a prominent farmer and director of the Bank of Tennessee and the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad. His sister Sarah married James Knox Polk, and Childress was active in his brother-in-law’s campaign for the 11thU.S. presidency.

Attendees of the party also had access to the Women’s Club of Murfreesboro, at 221 E. College St., where members of the Rutherford ART Alliance shared artistic ideas and potential with party-goers. Some artists also displayed their creative works. Rutherford ART Alliance is an independent, nonprofit advocacy group created to identify, unite and promote arts, culture and heritage throughout Rutherford County.

Providing music for the block party with the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra’s jazz quartet.

Of course, there can’t be a Taste of Rutherford without food! Sharing some of their best dishes were The Alley on Main, The Blue Porch, Boro Town Cakes, Carriage Lane Inn, City Café, Dallas & Jane/Alex Belew Catering, Goodness Gracious at the Mill, Hattie Jane’s Creamery, JoJo’s Fruit Tea, Marina’s on the Square, Milano II, Nonie’s Bakery, Party Fowl, Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant, Slick Pig, The Tasty Table and more.