Commissioner Daylon Martin is the chairman of the committee and led the May 17 meeting. Old Clinton Historical Society member Deloras Moon submitted the only proposal for the tannery project, and it was her proposal that was the topic of discussion.
The property that encompasses the historic project consists of more than 13 acres and is owned by the OCHS. But the group has no money to develop it. The Jones County Commissioners included the development of the tannery site in its 2009 SPLOST.
The tannery was discovered in 2001 by archeologists who were working with an ISTEA grant for sidewalks in Clinton. While studying where the sidewalks would not harm the historic community, archeologist Dan Battle discovered the site of what he believes to be the best-preserved tan yard in the entire Southeast.
Battle said most of the tannery features are intact.
To the untrained eye, the area of the tan yard appears as property with holes and hills. Tan yards are considered one of the nation’s first industries and the tanning of hides an art.
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