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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Fall 2016 Simple Pleasures Photography Contest winners’ work on display

Come vote during September for People’s Choice!

Newly hung at McRitchie-Hollis Museum are the juried entries for the fall 2016 Simple Pleasures Photography Contest.

Entries represent the photographers’ interpretation of “simple pleasures” and reflect scenes familiar to families as well as from travels throughout the globe.

Visitors touring McRitchie-Hollis Museum during September are invited to view the photography exhibition and select their own favorite for the “People’s Choice” award, which will be presented with announcement of the other top winners at the Photographers’ Awards Reception Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. The public is invited to meet the photographers at this free awards reception.

Winners were selected in blind judging by a panel headed by well-known Newnan photographer Billy Newman. He will be on hand Oct. 1 to present the awards and talk to the photographers.

Simple Pleasures includes an annual fall show, as well as an annual spring “nature show.” It is now under the wing of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. Be looking for the call for entries for the 2017 Spring Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show which focuses on images that are strictly nature photography with no human or man-made elements.

McRitchie-Hollis Museum is at 74 Jackson St., just north of downtown Newnan. There is ample free parking at the rear of the museum with driveway entry off Clark Street.

For more information call 770-251-0207.


Quilt Expo returns Oct. 6-8 at Newnan’s Historic Train Depot


Second annual Quilt Expo will be coming to the Depot History Center, 60 East Broad Street October 6-8, 2016. It includes displays of colorful and creative quilts and vendors with quilting supplies and gear. Admission $5 at the door.

For more information and scenes from last year’s show see our What’s New page or call the McRitchie-Hollis Museum at 770-251-0207.


Walk With Newnan’s Old Souls … Story Tour of Oak Hill Cemetery


Walk with Newnan’s old souls. Tour at dusk through Newnan’s Historic Oak Hill Cemetery on a guided walk of selected gravesites. Actors portraying some of Newnan’s most colorful citizens from the 19th and 20th centuries will beguile you with tales from Newnan’s past.

Timed tours begin every 20 minutes from Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson Street. Ample free parking behind museum. Enjoy refreshments and entertainment by “spirit dancers” from Southern Arc Dance before or after your tour.

For more about the tour see our What’s New page.

Tickets at eventbrite.com or call 770-251-0207.


Continuing Exhibition at McRitchie-Hollis:

Salute to Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics

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Open for July and August at McRitchie-Hollis Museum is our salute to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the Torch Run that crisscrossed the U.S. mainland and made its way through Newnan and Coweta County 20 years ago.

As Unites States athletes compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, Newnan-Coweta Historical Society reflects on the ’96 Games with and assortment of items, particularly from our own board member John Thrasher and State Rep. Lynn Smith who were both involved with operation of the Atlanta Games.

Thrasher has shared memorabilia including the torch he carried along Bullsboro Drive in the days leading to the ’96 Games. It should be noted that the torches were manufactured in part from aluminum pieces made by William L Bonnell Co. in Newnan and pecan wood milled by a local firm.

There are also pins, souvenirs and photographs from various events.

Included are uniforms worn by Thrasher as a volunteer for Georgia Power Company and at the opening and closing ceremonies, and a security uniform worn by Cowetan Frank Reece.

Lynn Smith served with a committee that worked with the team from Benin, a small country in Africa. In return for the hospitality shown his team, the coach insisted that Smith take the ceremonial robes he wore in the opening and closing ceremonies in ’96. Since that time she has used them whenever speaking about her experiences at the ’96 Games.

Come share your own memories of the Summer Games in Atlanta 20 years ago in a memory book journal we have available.

For more see our What’s New page.

More Planned/Upcoming (Subject to Change):
  • Coweta Remembered exhibition of photos being gathered for a new online data base will be in the upstairs rooms of the McRitchie-Hollis Museum for the holidays, along with some special related items.
  • November 1 – “Spectrum,” the art of Tiffany Thomas, opens at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum.
  • December - “The Founder,” a mini-exhibit celebrating the opening of the movie about the McDonald’s founder filmed partially in Newnan., at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Film opening has been moved from August to December.
  • December 2 – Candlelight Tour, Newnan Presbyterian
  • December – Newnan-Coweta Historical Society Christmas Party and our new “Festival of Trees” silent auction event.

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, 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.