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Do no trash items of historic interest
Janisse Ray at Archives
Janisse Ray of the Tattnall County Archives holds several historic books and other items of value.

If you find yourself clearing out your childhood home or a parent’s belongings and you come across items of historical interest, consider the Archives as a repository.

The Archives is interested in items of local or regional interest. They must be historic in nature and have a lasting value to historians and genealogists. Mostly we preserve documents and not artifacts, although occasionally we have taken an item. For example, we have a leather case that belonged to Judge M.W. Eason, who was a longtime judge of City Court of Reidsville, and a quilt that was created by staff at Collins Elementary. If you are uncertain about whether we might be interested in something that you have and don’t know what to do with, please contact the Archives.

Many valuable items get tossed in the trash when we are hurriedly going through old estates, trying to clean up the collections of a lifetime. Keep them in mind when you are tossing old papers, yearbooks, records, family Bibles, and other ideas of historic interest. They are especially interested in personal genealogy research that culminated in a published book or an assembled binder.

The Archives may be contacted on Friday afternoons at (912) 557-6049 or at any time by email at or through their website’s Contact page.