Carol Roberts, archivist

Bedford County Archives:

  • Preserves the permanent records of county government;
  • Makes early records available for research in the research rooms in the courthouse; and
  • Offers historical reference materials related to Bedford and surrounding counties. Numerous books are available from the collections of former historians Tim and Helen Marsh and Dick Poplin.

Some Bedford County records have survived several courthouse disasters:

  • A tornado in May 1830;
  • An accidental fire during the Civil War, when Confederate troops were stationed on the grounds in March 1863;
  • The burning of the courthouse by riot mob in December 1934.

Earliest records include:

  • Chancery Court Records Bound volumes and loose case files 1836 – 1900
  • Circuit Court Records – Bound volumes and loose case files 1840 – 1910
  • County Court Records – Bound volumes of Minutes, Guardianships, Settlements and loose marriage files 1848-1910
  • Trust Deeds 1868 – 1940  (Register’s office maintains original Deeds 1808 – current)
  • Miscellaneous Records such as Road Work minutes, License plate registration 1900s

Bedford County Archives and Records Center
Bedford County Courthouse, Suite 105
1 Public Square
Shelbyville, TN 37160

Open to public Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


The Archives and Records Center focuses on long-term preservation. Current records are available at their originating offices.


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