Newnan-Coweta Historical Society


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. In the next few years we will be embarking on a new and exciting journey as we build a children’s museum and continue developing exhibits at the new McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Stayed tuned for more changes and feel free to contact us!

Before integration…

Celebrate Black History Month with us at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum

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This old post card view shows McClelland Academy, a Presbyterian-sponsored black school once located on Duncan Street, now Richard Allen Drive, in Newnan. The school operated for some four decades and was the brainchild of the Rev. Benjamin Louie Glenn, a black Presbyterian pastor. 

Learn about McClelland Academy and other Coweta schools for African-Americans in a special exhibition for Black History Month at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, at Jackson and Clark streets just north of downtown Newnan. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and free for historical society members.

‘Naughty Newnan: From Corsets to Couture’

100 years of lingerie at McRitchie-Hollis Museum

 20150206_111801_Elizabeth Beers_AdjustedJPGThese 1920s lingerie items from her mother’s trousseau — and even a pair of BVDs that belonged to her uncle — are shared by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society member and local historian Elizabeth Beers for the new “Naughty Newnan: From Corsets to Couture” exhibition newly opened at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. The display will be up through May and is a chance for brides of today to see what might have been in the typical trousseau in the days of their grandmothers and great-grandmothers.

The museum is at the corner of Jackson and Clark Streets just north of downtown Newnan. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and free for historical society members.


Upcoming Events


Oak Hill Cemetery tour Feb. 28

On Feb. 28 former NCHS President Elizabeth Beers will lead a cemetery tour at 2 p.m. The tour meets at the main entrance. The cost is $15 each. Come find out more about local historic figures and enjoy the beautiful Oak Hill cemetery.


Wadsworth Concert March 7

Reception to follow at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum!