In honor of Hamilton County's upcoming bicentennial, Hamilton County Register of Deeds Marc Gravitt and his Deputy Carrlie Millard have retrieved some very special documents.

The Register's Office, in the old County Courthouse on Georgia Avenue, is displaying the oldest documents in Hamilton County. Some were executed prior to Hamilton County even existing.  In fact, they date back to when Tennessee was part of North Carolina. 

The oldest deed is dated 1787. Register Gravitt says these rare documents provide an educational look back at Hamilton County from the beginning.

A 1914 detailed map of downtown Chattanooga shows landmarks like Erlanger Hospital and what was then called the University of Chattanooga.  The courthouse itself is still on the original site.

You can visit the Register's office on the 4th floor of the courthouse weekdays through October 31st, to check out these documents for yourself.