Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett visited the Wilson County Archives on Monday to present archive staff with a $2,000 grant from the state for the preservation of the archives.
Co-Director Linda Granstaff said this was the second year the WCA was honored by the state.
"We visited the state archive two weeks ago and the director, Dr. Wayne Moore, said our archive is 'one of the oldest and one of the best,'" she said.
Granstaff gave Hargett a tour of the archives – from the room where papers are sorted and preserved to the climate-controlled vault that houses records that go back to the beginning of the state.
"These records go back to the founding of the county," she said. "We have records with the signatures of David Wilson, who Wilson County is named for, Sam Houston and Gen. Hatton."
Hargett said the Wilson County Archives was one of the best in the state.
"I hope more people in Wilson County, and others, will take advantage of this archive," he said. "I know you all will put this money to the best use and use it wisely."
The Wilson County Archives was established in 1995 at 110 S. Hatton St. before moving to the present location at 111 S. College St. in September 1998. The Wilson County Archives is operated by the county government, which appointed the Public Records Commission to oversee the operation. The archives are open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, but anyone can call 615-443-1993 to make sure the building is open, especially on holidays.