The volume contains the earliest deeds and land grants for the county, beginning with the indenture made in March 1775 between the earliest settlers and the Cherokee chiefs to purchase land holdings in what became Washington County and its’ surrounding area.
In 1897, the State held a Centennial celebration in Nashville. At that time, the deed book, along with a few other early Washington County records were taken to Nashville to be put on display. It was never returned.
On June 1, 2021, the volume was returned home to Washington County and will be kept at the Washington County Department of Records Management and Archives in downtown Jonesborough.