Bob Jarnagin of Dandridge, in July of 2006, officially became the Jefferson County Historian. He graduated from Wake Forest University and returned home in 1977. Bob was influenced by the county’s first official historian, George Bauman.  Bauman recruited Bob to help do some research when he got involved in what were then called “founding festivals” –Restore Our County (ROC) celebrations to honor the unique history of this area.  It was through participation in ROC that Bob realized the more he learned, the more he wanted to learn. He began examining deeds, land grants, and old buildings. Through all this, he discovered his own roots in Jefferson County go back to a 1783 land grant to Captain Thomas Jarnagin. Bob is a seventh generation Jefferson Countian. He has presented countless historical programs. On becoming the County Historian, he said he is honored to be added to the list of Jefferson County Historians with such great former historians as George Bauman, Jean Bible and Dr. E.P. Muncy.   Bob was the 2002 Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year, received the Senior Citizen Home Assistance Service award in 2008 and was the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2010. He is married to the former Susie Blanc. When Bob is not somewhere searching through history records, you can find him at Jarnagin Insurance Company in Dandridge.

Bob Jarnigan