Welcome to Our Archives!


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.

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The Washington County, Tennessee Courthouse, January 7, 2019


archives-building-spring 1The Washington County Department of Records Management
and Archives building on Main Street in Jonesborough


  •  A new brochure, “Passport to History” is now available online and in our office.  The brochure is a joint effort involving the Washington County Archives, the Washington County-Jonesborough Library and the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.  It is a guide for visitors to Jonesborough who wish to conduct historical and family research  and provides information on the three local institutions and their holdings.                          
    Brochure – Archives, Library and Heritage Alliance    
  • Through a generous $500 donation from the Watauga Association of Genealogists, the archives recently purchased copies of selected court cases having their origins in either Washington County Circuit Court or Chancery Court, which were appealed and heard by the Tennessee State Supreme Court.  Eighteen Washington County cases have been added to our files and you may view the listing here:             
    Tennessee State Court Records
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