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.


Get ready to celebrate Newnan and Coweta County’s Scottish heritage!

There will be plenty of dancing at the traditional Robert Burns Supper Jan. 27 at the Depot.

Newnan Robert Burns Weekend Celebration returns Jan. 26-27, 2018.

Tickets online via Eventbrite.com at:


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Third Annual Newnan Robert Burns Scottish Heritage Weekend Celebration

A Scottish heritage weekend of activities to celebrate Newnan’s ties to sister city Ayr, Scotland. Enjoy Celtic music, dance, food, drink and more — A not-to-miss lively event for the community!

2018 event hosted by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, Newnan Theatre Company, Newnan Cultural Arts Commission and Order of the Tartan.

Enjoy a Friday night stage show and after party at Newnan Theatre Company, Saturday afternoon ticketed Whisky Tasting followed by a free Ceilidh Celtic Concert – both at The Cellar, a Saturday evening free Community Auld Lang Syne Sing A Long on the Court Square, and the ticketed annual Burns Supper and Dance Saturday night at the Newnan Historic Train Depot.

Event tickets include:

— A Newnan Outlander Adventure Stage Show and After Party — Friday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. at Newnan Theatre Company, 24 1st Ave, Newnan, GA 30263. Tickets $20 (ages 12 and under $10)
— Whisky Tasting — Saturday, Jan. 27, 3:30 p.m. at The Cellar at Firestone, 20 Jefferson St., Newnan,GA 30263. Tickets $25.
— Ceilidh Celtic Concert — Saturday, Jan. 27, 4:30 p.m. at The Cellar. FREE.
— Community Auld Lang Syne Sing A Long — Saturday, Jan. 27, 6:15 p.m., Newnan Court Square, FREE.
— Burns Supper and Dance — Saturday, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m., Newnan Historic Train Depot. Tickets $48.

For more information or tickets 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. Also, look for more details at  newnanrobertburns.com or newnanburnsweekend.com


View the work of folk artist Sherry Cook

From birds, deer and other wildlife to views of the sea and angels, see the work of Coweta folk artist Sherry Cook at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Her work has been displayed through the holidays and will be leaving the musum soon. Don’t miss your opportunity to view the creations of this talented artist.

Sherry Cook hangs her art for an exhibition through the holidays at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.


Simple Pleasures Nature Show Opens in April


Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum is proud to host its 4th Annual Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show Photography Competition for spring 2018.

The juried competition is comprised of uplifting images of nature featuring landscapes, wildlife, water, flowers and trees. The only requirement in submissions is that no manmade objects are allowed in the photographs.
THE DEADLINE TO ENTER THE COMPETITION is March 2, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (Please visit www.simplepleasuresfoto.com for submission details or email spfoto@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com to request an entry form.)

Arya Vishwanath, first place winner in 2017 Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show, with judge Julie Dice Wynn.

Beginners, amateurs and professionals alike are welcome to compete via blind judging wherein all photographer identification is removed before being juried. Simple Pleasures offers photographers the opportunity to enter three photographs for the low entry fee of $35, making it possible for photographers from all income levels to compete.
Cash prizes are awarded solely on the merit of work for first, second and third place chosen by the judge who will announce winners at the awards reception on Saturday, April 28th at 3:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
The People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Fine Line Arts & Framing of Newnan (preferred framer for the event), is determined by online voting. Images will be made available for viewing online at www.simplepleasuresfoto.com . Voting is limited to one email address per person emailed to spfoto@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com noting the title of an image. Visitors to the McRitchie-Hollis Museum will also have the opportunity to vote.
“The family friendly event is a joy to behold and a free event for the community,” said show coordinator Jessie Merrell of NCHS. “We hope some of our NCHS members will consider entering this year’s competition, and we look forward to seeing everyone at the show!”

If you have questions, stop by the NCHS offices at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan during regular hours 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or call 770-251-0207.

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New at the McRitchie!

Exhibition: “45 Years, 45 Objects” 

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

For Fall/Winter 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.

Inspired by similar object-based exhibits at the Smithsonian and the Atlanta History Center, “45 Years, 45 Objects” features photographs, clothing, paving blocks, movie props, and other objects from Coweta County’s past to tell the story of the community.

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 .



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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Be a Member, Be Informed!

Newnan-Coweta HIstorical Society is beginning our 2018 membership drive and we invite you to join us as we celebrate the history and heritage of Newnan and Coweta County.

Simply fill out and return the form below with your check or credit card information, go to our online store via the link at the top of this page, or call us at McRitchie-Hollis Museum to give your credit card over the phone. The benefits of membership are listed below.


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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  • NCHS Scholarship — The application period for the NCHS scholarship to a graduating high school senior will be opening soon. Look for details!
  • Coming in February — McRitchie-Hollis Museum is planning an exhibition remembering the Howard Warner School.


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 of either McRitchie-Hollis Museum or the Depot, call 770-251-0207.