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.

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Consider helping us continue our mission through a tax-deductible donation.


Submit nominations for the NCHS

2018 Historic Preservation Awards

The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society is looking for nominations for the 2018 Historic Preservation Awards.

Please download the attached form below. All nominations are due by May 5, 2018. Award winners will be announced May 26.

Historic structures, facades, landscapes, etc. that have been rehabilitated must have been completed sometime during the last three calendar years.
“At NCHS we are working to preserve the past, and to recognize those local partners, both private and public, who have invested time and money into helping preserve the community’s unique historic character,” said NCHS Executive Director Jeff Bishop.
Nominations and completed forms should be mailed to Jeff Bishop, Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, Historic Preservation Awards, P. O. Box 1001, Newnan GA 30264.

2018 Historic Preservation Awards Nomination FormFINAL


Program: Civil War ruins around Atlanta

Sweetwater Creek State Park


Robert C. Jones will discuss the remnants of the Civil War that are still accessible to visitors today in the Atlanta area. The program 7 p.m. April 26 is hosted by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society.

Robert C. Jones served as President of the Kennesaw Historical Society for 21 years (1994-2015), and also served as a member of the executive board of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation for 17 years (1998-2015). The Museum Foundation helped fund the 45,000 square foot Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, GA. Robert has written a number of books on Civil War and Revolutionary War themes, including “A Guide to the Civil War in Georgia”, “Colonial Georgia: 1733-1800”, and “South Carolina and Georgia in the American Revolution”.


Art & Architecture returns May 5

Bette Schumann of Newnan-Coweta Art Association paints the Coweta County Courthouse as part of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s Art & Architecture 2017 event on the Court Square. The event returns May 5 in conjunction with Main Street’s Market Day.

To celebrate May as Historic Preservation Month, the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society is partnering again with Newnan-Coweta Art Association to host Art & Architecture on the Court Square May 5.

The event coincides with Main Street’s May Market Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5.

Several members of the Art Association will be set up around the Court Square painting scenes of some of Newnan’s iconic downtown buildings.

Past Art & Architecture events have focused on such locations as the Coweta County Courthouse, the Carnegie Library, The Alamo, the Reese Opera House which was the site of Southern School of Telegraphy, and the Virginia House which was originally a hotel in the 1800s.

Representatives of the Historical Society will be on hand to share some history of the downtown buildings. Main Street Newnan’s Market Days are held the first Saturday of each month, April – December, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Continuing upstairs 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 .



Newnan-Coweta Historical Society earns national StEPS certification

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society recently earned another certification from the American Association for State and Local History. It was among six organizations earning StEPS certificates in January.

For more see the announcement:


Six Organizations Earn StEPs Certificates in January


Be a Member, Be Informed!

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

Simply download, fill out and mail us the form below with your check or credit card information, or send your information by email to: executivedirector@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com and pay via PayPal using our donation button 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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  • HISTORIC PRESERVATION MONTH is coming in May. To celebrate local historic preservation efforts, NCHS is bringing back the “Preservation Picnic” to be held at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Do you know of any local historic preservation efforts done in the recent past that deserve recognition? Please let us know! Contact us at 770-251-0207 or at executivedirector@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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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.