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.


Help Us Spread Christmas Cheer

On Thursday, December 14, please join us at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum as we celebrate the official opening of two exhibits, the Folk Art of Sherry Cook and 45 Years, 45 Objects. We will have light Christmas-themed refreshments and music on hand for our members as we celebrate both the Christmas season and 45 years of being your local historical society! We will start it all off with a book launch for Mr. Personality, at 5 p.m. Come get your signed copy of his new children’s book, “Personality Matters.” (Proceeds from the book benefit NCHS.) Sherry Cook will be on hand at 6 p.m. to take visitors on a tour of her new works (all of which are for sale, and make perfect Christmas gifts), and curator Jessie Merrell will take visitors through the upstairs where 45 historical local objects are now on display, telling the history of our community. Also check out the new Christmas-themed gift shop, with brand new items for the holiday season. We hope you can join us! The cozy event lasts from 5 to 8 p.m.


Mr. Personality book launch party Dec. 14 at the McRitchie

Posted Dec. 1, 2017

A launch party for Mr. Personality’s new book, “Personality Matters,” is 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. We also have his 2018 calendars available in our gift shop at the museum, 74 Jackson St. — $20. For information call us at 770-251-0207.

In January 2013, after leaving a town “where there was nowhere to go and not much to do for a man on foot,” William Crenshaw – better known to Newnan residents as “Mr. Personality” – discovered Newnan’s Court Square.
“It seemed tailor-made for me, Mr. Personality,” he said.
Within his first several days he had his first job, entering the “sign business,” as he describes it. “I had a job waving a sign for a local business,” said Mr. Personality. “Divine Spirit and the friendly people of Newnan are still guiding me through an amazing adventure going into my fifth year. Every day in Newnan is a joy and a blessing!”
Known to many as the flashily-dressed, rose-chewing elder statesman of the Newnan sidewalks, to follow up on the wild success of his debut calendar, Mr. Personality now has his first book, called “Personality Matters.”
A collaboration with longtime educator and media specialist Larisa McMichael, the children’s book focuses on what’s important in life: friendship, perseverance, loving what you do, and “blowing bubbles on the Courthouse Square.”
The book, featuring photos by local photographer Aaron Heidman, showcases local businesses such as Deals For Dollars, Broadway Fashion, Leaf n’ Bean coffee shop, and Christy’s Café.
“Every day he awakens with the purpose of making people laugh, smile, and marvel at this fashion sense,” said co-author Larisa McMichael, “helping businesses gain traction with customers, and perhaps most importantly promoting Newnan as an amazing place to live and work.”

Copies will be available beginning next week at local venues such as the McRitchie-Hollis Museum gift shop, 74 Jackson Street. A book signing will be held at the museum on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m.

Mr. Personality 2018 calendars are available at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum gift shop, 74 Jackson St.


Sherry Cook is assisted in hanging her art at McRitchie-Hollis Museum by NCHS Board Member Joan Achee.

Reception for Sherry Cook art show at McRitchie-Hollis Museum 6 p.m. Dec. 14

See the art of Coweta artist Sherry Cook at McRitchie-Hollis Museum for the holidays! A special reception is 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at the museum where you can meet the artist.

Sherry has brought a selection of her work, pieces that reflect nature and wildlife.
All of the pieces are available for sale. McRitchie-Hollis Museum is at 74 Jackson St., Newnan. For more information call us at 770-251-0207.

About Sherry Cook

Sherry Cook hangs a piece of her nature-inspired art at the McRitchie.

Sherry Cook is a prolific artist who knew she would make her living with a paint brush ever since she won the first place ribbon in her first grade art show. During her 30-year career she has journeyed through ceramics, handmade paper, mixed media, sheet metal and encaustics. Her pieces are full of personality, often reminding the observer of a memory that brings a smile.

The recurring themes in her work reflect the enduring themes in her life: love, family, friendship, nature and animals—all of which are in abundance at her lakeside cabin-studio. Faith and spirituality provide the compass for her choices, often telling her when to detour from one mode of expression to a new body of work. Ideas often rise to the surface during her daily meditations.

Over the years Sherry has sold her work through galleries, arts festivals, and private commissions from the Caribbean to Europe. Her pieces hang in permanent collections at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, IBM, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Manheim Corporation, Coweta County Fairgrounds and the LaGrange Museum, to name a few.

A graduate of The University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Textile Design, Sherry lives on a 35-acre wooded retreat in rural Georgia that allows her to “live in the sunshine and drink the wild air” as suggested in one of her favorite quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Her hope is that every piece of her art imparts a little joy into the place where it lands.


Do you procrastinate?

Dale Lyles book talk Dec. 19 at the McRitchie

Newnan author Dale Lyles speaks about his new book “Lichtenbergianism: procrastination as a creative strategy” in a program 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum.







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 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.


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.

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 .


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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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


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  • Mr. Personality Book Launch — Mark your calendars for the launch party for Mr. Personality’s new book 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. We also have Mr. Personality’s 2018 calendars in our gift shop — if you are looking for Christmas presents!
  • Sherry Cook art on display at the McRitchie — View the nature-inspired art of Sherry Cook at the McRitchie at a special reception 6 p.m. Dec. 14.
  • Dale Lyles book talk — Newnan author Dale Lyles speaks about his new book “Lichtenbergianism: procrastination as a creative strategy” 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.


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.