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.


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A tale as old as time…

Your daughter (or granddaughter) has seen the new movie… now let her be Belle for a while at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum!

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Come take photos of your little “Belle” using our beautiful museum (and its elegant staircase, parlor, dining room, and gazebo) as your photographic backdrop! Only $5 per “Belle.”

Take as many photos as you’d like. Preserve the memories forever. We’re open from Tuesday through Saturday, from 10-12 and from 1-3. Drop by before going to the movie!

It’s best to call us in advance and let us know you’re coming — especially if it’s a large group. 770-251-0207. (Photos featuring newly donated furnishings from the Taylor Glover collection.)


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LAST WEEK for our “Coweta County Remembered” exhibit! Come see historic photos spanning over a century of Newnan and Coweta County history!


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 through March.


NCHS ‘Shakespeare Smackdown’ returns April 13 atDepot


NOTE: Our second Shakespeare “brush-up” session for contestants that was planned for Tuesday evening, March 28 has been canceled.

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

For more see our Upcoming Events page or call the NCHS office at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan, 770-251-0207..


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):
  • Hats, hats hats! Opening upstairs in late March for Women’s History Month will be the extensive ladies’ hat collection of State Rep. Lynn Smith. In connection with the upcoming National Poetry Month in April, area poets are writing interpretive pieces to accompany the large (500-piece) collection of hats.
  • Nature Photography — April brings NCHS’s spring photography contest exhibition Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show.
  • Heritage Crafts — April 1 we will partner with the Artisans Heritage Guild to present the second annual “Makers Day” at the Newnan Historic Train Depot. Area blacksmiths, basket weavers, stained glass makers, quilters, painters, loom weavers, and other traditional artists will be on hand to discuss the history of their craft and to demonstrate them to the public.
  • 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.