Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, beginning Monday, March 23rd, 2020, the Washington County Archives building is closed to the public until further notice. Patrons can still contact staff with reference inquiries via telephone (423)753-1777; by email (; or surface mail (P. O. Box 219, Jonesborough, TN 37659-0219). Notification will be made when the building reopens.

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Washington County’s historic county courthouse,
closed to the public until further notice. 

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The Department of Records Management and Archives preserves the oldest public records of Tennessee in the state’s oldest town, Jonesborough.  Located at 103 West Main Street in a yellow-brick former bank built in 1915, the archive houses records to aid in researching family, local, and regional history.

New to our site–

  • “John W. Heron and Harriet Gibson Heron, Medical Missionaries”   a new Hidden Voices story.
  • Summer” in the Archives – New painting added to the archives Reading Room.  See our News and Events page for more information.



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