In accordance with state law, the Tattnall County Archives preserves rare cultural and historical materials of Tattnall County and the greater Wiregrass Georgia region. It is run by a nonprofit organization that partners with the Tattnall County Commissioners and the County Manager. Its Board of Trustees consists of Pharris D. Johnson, chair; John P. Rabun Jr., vice-chair; D. Mark Baxter, secretary; Ola Faye Rumpf, treasurer; and Janisse Ray, member at large.
Tattnall County was founded in 1801 and the oldest document found at the Archives is dated 1790. We house a number of original land grants as well as land plat books dating back to the early 1800s, which have been digitized. We also own a Civil War map from the Great Dismal Swamp area of Virginia, drawn by a local mapmaker named Girardeau and dated 1862. We house historic court records, including Superior, Probate, City, County and other courts. At least one of our documents contains the signature of George Walton, one of three signers of the Declaration of Independence from Georgia. Walton was a circuit Superior Court judge for the district in which Tattnall was located.
Over 200 volumes on local and regional history and genealogy may be perused in our Reading Room. Our genealogical index contains over 25,000 names and is available for searches.
The Archives is located in the historic Old Jail in downtown Reidsville, Ga., on the Courthouse Square. It is open to the public on Friday afternoons from 12-4. Visitors are welcome. To arrange your visit, please call (912) 557-6049 and leave a message. Volunteers are also welcome. More information and a contact form may be found at the dedicated website, tattnallarchives.org.