McRitchie-Hollis MuseumThe Historic Depot

At the McRitchie-Hollis Museum:


Nature photography on view

April brings NCHS’s spring photography contest exhibition Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. See a variety of nature photography from close florals to landscapes in this juried show. Through April vote for People’s Choice during your visit to the museum.


First, second and third place prizes, along with People’s Choice, will be presented at the spring Simple Pleasures Awards Reception 3 p.m. April 29 at McRitchie-Hollis when admission will be free. Enjoy refreshments and meet the photographers whose work has been juried into the spring show. Along with close-ups of nature’s beauty there are images of landscapes and wildlife on display throughout the downstairs.

Regular McRitchie-Hollis Museum admission is $5 adults and $2 students, teachers and seniors 60 and up. Our hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. McRitchie-Hollis Museum is at 74 Jackson St. Ample parking in back with entrance off Clark Street. For more information call 770-251-0207.


Planned/Upcoming (Subject to Change):
  • Hats, hats hats! Opening the evening of April 27 with a reception and poetry reading at McRitchie-Hollis Museum is the extensive ladies’ hat collection of State Rep. Lynn Smith. In connection with National Poetry Month in April, area poets are writing interpretive pieces to accompany the selection from the large (500-piece) collection of hats. The exhibition will be in the upstairs rooms.
  • Also coming later this year is an 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.

At the Depot History Center:

Newnan WAS a Civil War hospital town

Open by appointment, the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s Depot History Center has a series of paintings by local artist Martin Pate depicting events related to the Civil War Battle of Brown’s Mill.  In July 1864 Union and Confederate forces briefly clashed at the train depot on East Broad Street in downtown Newnan and soon were engaged in battle south of town. The battlefield is now preserved as a Coweta County public park, located along Millard Farmer Road. The old freight depot on East Broad Street serves as a backdrop for a collection of artifacts, including a display of Civil War-era weaponry. Also learn about Newnan’s role as a hospital town around the time of the siege of Atlanta, the area’s early settlement and the coming of the railroad, and use of the telegraph and the telegraphy school that was located in Newnan in the Reese Opera House building on South Court Square at Greenville Street. The Depot History Center is also available for event rental. Contact rentals@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com or call 404-354-0168 or 770-251-0207 for more information.


At the Male Academy Museum:

The Male Academy now houses the ChildrenConnect/ Newnan Children’s Museum

The Male Academy, 30 Temple Ave., Newnan, was the longtime headquarters of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society but is getting new life as it is transformed into the ChildrenConnect/ Newnan Children’s Museum. Look for details from the Children’s Museum board on Facebook and the web.

For more information on Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, call us at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan; 770-251-0207.