McRitchie-Hollis Museum

Over the years we have sought to bring educational and interactive programming to the community and we ask that you join with us in supporting this endeavor. We believe that museums can be exciting places for persons of every age and background. NCHS continues to develop ever-changing exhibits telling the story of Newnan and Coweta County and the West Georgia Region at our McRitchie-Hollis Museum and the Historic Newnan Train Depot. Stayed tuned for more on programs and events, and feel free to contact us at executivedirector@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com or write to Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, P.O. Box 1001, Newnan, GA 30264.

And keep up with events on our Facebook page!

Consider helping us continue our mission through membership via our online gift shop or a tax-deductible donation.


Deadline extended to midnight March 3 for Spring 2017

Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show Photography Contest

ATTENTION NATURE PHOTOGRAPHERS: YOU CAN BE A WINNER, TOO! Gather your nature images and enter Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show photography contest. — DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MIDNIGHT MARCH 3.

CASH PRIZES! Open to everyone.

You can be a winner like Lori Kolbenschlag of Senoia who took the People’s Choice prize in the 2016 edition of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show photography contest. Here she is contratulated by, left, show director Larisa McMichael.
Details: www.simplepleasuresfoto.com. Information also at www.newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com or call the McRitchie-Hollis Museum at 770-251-0207. Shows begins in April at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St.

An entry form is provided for download below.





Jeff Bishop

Join us 7 p.m. March 2 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum for a Book Launch Party for our Executive Director Jeff Bishop’s new book: “Coweta County: A Brief History,” — available in our gift shop.

Hear the incomparable Jeff Bishop discuss his latest book here at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St. After a short talk, Jeff will sign copies of his book. Bring your already purchased book or purchase at this event.

Enjoy some fine pickin' and strummin' by Newnan's own Doug Kees during the book release party for Jeff Bishop's Coweta County, A Brief History.

Enjoy some fine pickin’ and strummin’ by Newnan’s own Doug Kees during the book release party for Jeff Bishop’s Coweta County, A Brief History.

Also enjoy some fine pickin’ and strummin’ by Newnan’s own Doug Kees during the book release party.

16665142_172149783277288_1060927602488239982_oLearn about the place you call home, enjoy live music and refreshments. Join the celebration of the marvelous new release by Newnan’s own Jeff Bishop!

In the book, Jeff has made extensive use of oral histories, giving new voice to Coweta County’s heritage.

Over two centuries, Coweta County has been home to diverse residents who mastered the art of reinventing the county. Initially home to Creek-Muscogee Native Americans, subsequent settlers ushered in an era of plantations, slavery and textile manufacturing. By 1851, the new Atlanta and LaGrange Railroad increased traffic locally. The new railroad contributed to Newnan becoming a major healthcare hub during the Civil War, home to seven hospitals. Coweta County maintains its status as a major healthcare destination today, with the establishment of Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s southeast regional hospital in Newnan. The county is now also known worldwide as the backdrop for major television productions like The Walking Dead and films like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Author and historian Jeff Bishop details Coweta County’s history of transformation.

The new book is No. 1 in its catagory of Travel Pictorial Reference Books on Amazon. Available at McRitchie-Hollis Museum – $21.99.


Newnan-Coweta Historical Society offering scholarships

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society is offering scholarships to deserving high school seniors. Applications are due by March 31. Please see the attached 2017 application information. For questions contact the NCHS office at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 770-251-0207.

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David Boyd Jr. art show “Vanishing” show at McRitchie-Hollis

received_10209727655841579The show of Newnan artist David Boyd Jr. continues after an opening reception Tuesday, Jan. 31 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Boyd is well-known in Newnan and Coweta County as a member of the “Society of Seven.”

His paintings are in the downstairs rooms


‘Shakespeare Smackdown’ returns April 13


Join Newnan-Coweta Historical Society at the Newnan Train Depot 7:30 p.m. April 13 as we remember the accomplishments of English poet, playwright and actor William Shakespeare. April 2017 marks the 401st anniversary of his death. For this fun competition prepare your best Shakespeare reading or scene. Participants will compete for prizes. Hosted by Dale Lyles.
Registration fee for Smackdown competitors is $10 individuals/ $25 team. Admission for spectators $5 at door. For information and registration, check these links:

FAQ: https://goo.gl/sVh9Uj

Registration: http://goo.gl/forms/8N66OCs2WD

Need a refresher? Come to one or both of the Shakespeare Brushup sessions with Dale Lyles 7 p.m. March 21 and 28 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan. Details: 770-251-0207.

For more see our Upcoming Events page.


Consider a contribution or membership to NCHS

Consider being a member of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. Get our email newsletters and keep in touch with what’s going on.

A student/teacher/senior membership is only $25 annually. Individual is $50 and a family membership $75. There are donor levels for supporters and an opportunity to help with our Capital Improvement Fund — all tax deductible.

Members get free admission to our museums and a 10 percent discount on gift shop items. Just download the membership card, fill out with your address, phone and email (so we can send newsletters) and send with your check to NCHS, P.O. Box 1001, Newnan, GA 30264.
Thank you!




Planned/Upcoming (Subject to Change):
  • May exhibition on the Howard Warner School that is opening as a new community center on Savannah Street. The facility served Newnan’s Aftrican-American community and later housed offices for the Coweta County Board of Education.

For more information stop by McRitchie-Hollis at 74 Jackson Street or call us at 770-251-0207. We keep our web site here at www.newnancowetahistoricalsociety updated, as well as regular posts on our Facebook page.


McRitchie Hollis Museum, the new home base for Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, is a 1937 home restored to elegance of the era. The museum has constantly-changing exhibitions of decorative arts and telling stories related to the history of Newnan and Coweta County and the West Georgia Region.
Entry/tours –  $5 general admission or $2 for students and senior citizens. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10-noon and 1-3. The museum is located just north of downtown Newnan at 74 Jackson St., beside the new University of West Georgia – Newnan campus. There is plenty of parking in the lot behind the museum, with the driveway entrance off Clark Street.
Our Civil War collection is housed at the Historic Newnan Train Depot, 60 E. Broad St., which is rented for events and is open for tours by appointment. See artifacts, a series of paintings by Newnan artist Martin Pate depicting events surrounding the Battle of Brown’s Mill which took place south of Newnan, as well as information on Newnan and Coweta County’s development from pioneer days to the present. For details on rentals or tours, call 770-251-0207.