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.


McRitchie is headquarters for Dec. 2 Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes

The McRitchie is headquarters for the Dec. 2 Candlelight Tour of Homes by Newnan Presbyterian Church Preschool.
This walking tour gives participants a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these beautiful homes dating from the early 1900s decorated with fresh wreaths, garlands and floral arrangements. Guests may tour the homes at their own pace from 4 to 9 p.m. For those who aren’t comfortable walking, a complimentary shuttle bus is available with stops along the tour.
The McRitchie-Hollis Museum at 74 Jackson Street will be our Ticket Center of this year’s tour. Will Call will be at the Museum & this will be the only place that you can purchase day of tickets. The Museum will also have refreshments to enjoy. There is parking behind the McRitchie-Hollis Museum. This is a stop for the complimentary shuttle.
A portion of the proceeds will help the Coweta Samaritan Clinic, a non-profit organization that offers free medical care to the uninsured residents of Coweta County.
Your Tour Booklet is your ticket to get into the Homes on the Tour. You will pick up your Tour Booklet at Will Call, which is located at The McRitchie-Hollis Museum the night of the tour. Your paypal receipt is NOT your ticket.
Online Ticket Sales ends at midnight, December 1st. for $20.00. On Dec.2nd they are $25.00 and will only be sold at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum for that day.
Newnan Christmas Tour of Homes
Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 4 to 9 pm.
More information and tickets:

Volunteer Opportunities for Dec. 2 Tour of Homes!

“We need a few more people to help with the Tour of Homes,” said NCHS VP Ginny Lyles. Shifts are available 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm and 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact her at ginnylyles@numail.org


New at the McRitchie!

Exhibition: “45 Years, 45 Objects” 

Newnan City of Homes pageant dress, NCHS “45 Years, 45 Objects.”

For Fall 2017 NCHS is celebrating a big anniversary with a special exhibition telling Coweta County history through objects from our collections.

Farmhouse model, NCHS “45 Years, 45 Objects.”

Curator Jessie Merrell has selected 45 objects, some that have not been seen in some time.

McRitchie tour hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more inforamtion call us at 770-251-0207 or send an email to executive@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com .


It’s beginning to look like Christmas …

… in the gift shop at Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Look for some new holiday decor items from tiny rustic snowy houses to candle jars, farm-themed ornaments, bird-themed ornaments, small gift boxes and even a beautiful Santa face wall hanging. Stop by the museum 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 Tuesdays through Saturdays to check out the gift shop. Looking for gifts? We have a wide selection of books on local history topics, too.

Bird-themed ornaments in the McRitchie-Hollis gift shop.

Holiday village ornaments, McRitchie-Hollis Museum gift shop.

Santa wall hanging in gift shop at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.


COMING SOON: A reprint of a classic favorite, “Coweta School Days,” available for the first time in many years, and with a new introduction! Reserve your copy today by calling us at 770-251-0207.

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Historic Marker Program

Marker at 62 W. Washington St.

Marker at 62 W. Washington St.

DO YOU HAVE A HISTORIC HOME in Newnan? Let everyone know by placing a marker from the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society marker program! See new ones going up at 62 West Washington Street and 20 West Broad Street. We will assist with the research! Call us at 770-251-0207 for more details.

Marker at Wall-Dent-Strain Home on College Street

Marker at Wall-Dent-Strain Home on College Street


Planned/Upcoming (Subject to Change):
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  • SAVE THE DATE! — Mark your calendars! The Newnan Robert Burns Weekend Celebration returns Jan. 26-27, 2018. Be watching for details.

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 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.