Newnan-Coweta Historical Society

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society This is the official page of the Newnan Coweta Historical Society in Newnan, GA. The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society (NCHS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of the historical, cultural and architectural heritage of Coweta County through its programs, exhibitions and collections while serving, engaging and educating the diverse communities of Coweta County and the surrounding region.
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We operate the McRitchie-Hollis Museum and the Newnan Historic Train Depot. 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 through participation, membership, and donations!

Mission: The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society interprets and preserves the historical, cultural and architectural heritage of Coweta County through its programs, exhibitions and collections while serving, engaging and educating the diverse communities of Coweta County and the surrounding region.

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Despite financial hardship brought by the COVID-pandemic, the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society (NCHS) will be awarding a...
02/12/2021
NCHS Scholarship | Newnan-Coweta Historical Society

Despite financial hardship brought by the COVID-pandemic, the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society (NCHS) will be awarding a $2,000 scholarship to a Coweta County student intending to pursue a college education with a history or history-related major or minor. Applications are now open and are due by April 3, 2021!

The scholarship application is available at the NCHS website: http://newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com/nchs-scholarship/. The application can also be found on the NCHS page or can be picked up at NCHS offices at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum (74 Jackson Street, Newnan, GA 30263). For more information or questions concerning the application process, please call the NCHS offices at 770.251.0207 or email [email protected].

NCHS Scholarship Students may apply now for the 2021 Newnan-Coweta Historical Society Scholarship Despite financial hardship brought by the COVID-pandemic, the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society (NCHS) will be awarding a $2,000 scholarship to a Coweta County student intending to pursue a college educa...

Want a Historic Valentines Day? The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society also runs the @newnantraindepot and is feeling the ...
02/08/2021

Want a Historic Valentines Day? The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society also runs the @newnantraindepot and is feeling the love with rental discounts this weekend! ❤️❤️❤️

Posted @withregram • @newnantraindepot We are offering a one time special this Valentine's Day weekend. Our treat to you!

Saturday: $500
Sunday (Valentine's Day): $500
Whole weekend (including Friday): $1,000

We have never had prices this low. Contact us today to book!
678-877-6571
[email protected]

We are so excited to announce our February Lecture Series Speaker, Karen Jordan! Karen is the great-granddaughter of Cow...
02/05/2021

We are so excited to announce our February Lecture Series Speaker, Karen Jordan! Karen is the great-granddaughter of Coweta County’s first Black doctor and we can’t wait to hear her share her family’s story. The event will be held virtually on February 16, 2021 at 7:00 PM. Visit our page for more details.

Love the information that our friends at the Coweta County African American Heritage Museum are sharing for Black Histor...
02/05/2021

Love the information that our friends at the Coweta County African American Heritage Museum are sharing for Black History month! Their post today gives another clue about our special guest speaker for our lecture series event on February 16!

For #BlackHistoryMonth, more on our tour of Coweta County historic sites. At 61 Pinson Street in Newnan was the Jordan House and Black Patients Only Hospital. It's the former home of Dr. John Henry Jordan (1870-1912) and the first Black hospital in the county. Dr. Millard McWhorter became the second Black doctor in the county and served at this address. The second Black hospital in the county is where the Avalon Health and Rehabilitation Center is currently located.

It’s Black History Month and we are very excited for this month’s Lecture Series guest, during which we will learn about...
02/02/2021

It’s Black History Month and we are very excited for this month’s Lecture Series guest, during which we will learn about the first Black doctor in Coweta County! Mark your calendars for our virtual event on 2/16 at 7:00 pm and watch this space for the reveal of our guest speaker!

📸 credit: thestoryofthedoctor.com

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Oral History Workshop this past Saturday! Did you miss it? No worries, we’ve ...
02/01/2021

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Oral History Workshop this past Saturday! Did you miss it? No worries, we’ve got you covered! We will be posting the webinar presentations to our page; there will be three separate videos for each of the three webinar presentations.

It’s #FlashbackFriday ! We hope you enjoy this snap of East Broad Street in downtown Newnan from the 1920s and have a fa...
01/29/2021

It’s #FlashbackFriday ! We hope you enjoy this snap of East Broad Street in downtown Newnan from the 1920s and have a fabulous weekend!

https://times-herald.com/news/2021/01/senior-citizens-sought-for-oral-history-projectThanks to the Newnan Times-Herald f...
01/27/2021
Senior citizens sought for oral history project

https://times-herald.com/news/2021/01/senior-citizens-sought-for-oral-history-project

Thanks to the Newnan Times-Herald for this article about the upcoming "Resilience Through Hardship" Oral History Project! NCHS will be facilitating volunteer training with our staff and graduate students from Georgia State University and the University of West Georgia this Saturday via Zoom from 10:00-12:00. We are so excited to be participating in this community project which will focus on interviewing Coweta County's senior citizens!

If you have any questions, or would like to sign up, contact
Summit Family YMCA Togetherhood 770.254.5920 or email [email protected]; or reach out to NCHS!

Older Cowetans are invited to tell their stories of overcoming adversity as part of a new oral history project spearheaded by the Summit Family YMCA.

Tomorrow is our blood drive at the Train Depot and we still have some spots available! Go to redcross.org/give to regist...
01/26/2021

Tomorrow is our blood drive at the Train Depot and we still have some spots available!

Go to redcross.org/give to register and enter code NCHS. We hope to see you there!

Riding into the weekend like 🏎💨It's #FlashbackFriday ! This picture is from our Coweta County Remembered Collection, and...
01/22/2021

Riding into the weekend like 🏎💨

It's #FlashbackFriday ! This picture is from our Coweta County Remembered Collection, and depicts Mary McMichael (Borders) behind the wheel at her home, circa 1922-1923.

We want to know...What’s your type? 😉🩸 Find out at the Red Cross Blood Drive next Wednesday 1-6 PM at the Historic Train...
01/21/2021

We want to know...What’s your type? 😉🩸 Find out at the Red Cross Blood Drive next Wednesday 1-6 PM at the Historic Train Depot! Register at redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: NCHS!

Today is Inauguration Day! Swipe to learn a bit of history about this historic day.
01/20/2021

Today is Inauguration Day! Swipe to learn a bit of history about this historic day.

01/19/2021
Alan Smith Lecture Series

Due to rising COVID Cases, NCHS' Lecture Series is going digital with a special Zoom lecture by Alan Smith. Join us on January 19 at 7pm on Zoom or FB Live for a special lecture series!

On November 11, 1620, Pilgrims arrived at Cape Cod after more than two months at sea. Now 400 years since the landing of the Pilgrims, we still see the impact of their beliefs, social life, and culture on our American society. Alan Smith of the Georgia Mayflower Society speaks of the Mayflower history and impact in this special lecture series and answers questions about Mayflower genealogy and lifestyle.

NCHS will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! We will resume our normal hours on Tuesday, Janu...
01/18/2021

NCHS will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! We will resume our normal hours on Tuesday, January 19.

What were the top 5 moments of 2020 for the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society? In January's newsletter, read about all ou...
01/08/2021
NCHS January 2021 Newsletter

What were the top 5 moments of 2020 for the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society? In January's newsletter, read about all our progress last year and save the date for our first 2021 events!

For the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, the year of 2020 brought a year of unexpected growth! As we start the new year, I want to reflect on the “recent” history of the organization I am so very proud to oversee. Here are the top five moments of the year for the Newnan-Coweta Historical Societ...

To accommodate the needs of our patrons, staff, and vendors during our project and renovation period, NCHS and the McRit...
01/05/2021

To accommodate the needs of our patrons, staff, and vendors during our project and renovation period, NCHS and the McRitchie-Hollis Museum are changing their 2021 hours. Stay tuned to hear about all the projects we have planned for 2021! And please call 770.251.0207 to make any weekend tour appointments.

Happy New Year from all of us at NCHS! We have some exciting new projects coming in 2021 that we can’t wait to share wit...
12/31/2020

Happy New Year from all of us at NCHS! We have some exciting new projects coming in 2021 that we can’t wait to share with you! What are you most excited about in the new year?

*NCHS offices will be closed through January 2. We will reopen Monday, January 4.

Happy Holidays from NCHS! The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas for the holiday! We...
12/24/2020

Happy Holidays from NCHS! The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas for the holiday! We will reopen on Monday, December 28. Have a wonderful season with your family and friends!

Happy Holidays from the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society!  We have had a busy holiday season! Read about all of our holi...
12/21/2020
NCHS December 2020 Newsletter

Happy Holidays from the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society!

We have had a busy holiday season! Read about all of our holiday projects, events, and collaborations!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! It’s been such a busy, eventful, and stressful year. I hope you all take this time to be with loved ones, relax, and reflect on all the good things in your life. Here at the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, we have had a busy ho...

Give the gift of a cozy afternoon with a good book! This week only, all books are 50% off! Free Newnan ornament with pur...
12/15/2020

Give the gift of a cozy afternoon with a good book! This week only, all books are 50% off! Free Newnan ornament with purchases over $50! 🎄🎁📚

Santa!!! We know him!!! And he is visiting the McRitchie-Hollis Museum tomorrow! Join us for our free holiday community ...
12/03/2020

Santa!!! We know him!!! And he is visiting the McRitchie-Hollis Museum tomorrow! Join us for our free holiday community event- Cookies with Santa - tomorrow from 5pm to 8pm.

Citizen is feeling the holiday spirit and ready for a visit with Santa this Friday from 5-8pm! Wear a mask, bring your c...
12/02/2020

Citizen is feeling the holiday spirit and ready for a visit with Santa this Friday from 5-8pm! Wear a mask, bring your camera, and join us for our free Cookies with Santa community event!

Dear NCHS Supporters and Friends!Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving Day after "Black Fri...
12/01/2020
This Giving Tuesday Remember Your Local Historical Society!

Dear NCHS Supporters and Friends!

Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving Day after "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" as a day to give back to local community and remember that the holidays is truly a season of giving. Now more than ever is when charities need support the most. Because of COVID-19, GivingTuesday 2020 funding is critical.

Your local Newnan-Coweta Historical Society relies on membership and donation to continue our operations. Like many other businesses, non-profits, and operations, COVID-19 has affected us and our ability to raise money through fundraising events, membership drives, and group tours. However, we remained dedicated to our mission to preserve and promote the historical stories of our county.

As we look to the upcoming year, we have a renewed focused and drive to protect the stories of our community. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that history and the stories of our past and present are so important to protect and preserve.

In the upcoming year, your local Historical Society will be working on the following projects:

- Installation of permanent exhibits telling the history of coweta county
- Hosting of educational and community-minded events that are socially-distanced and COVID-friendly
- Development of educational material including a Traveling Trunk based on Newnan's textile industry
- Preservation of historical narratives through professional publication
- Even more exciting collaborations, projects, and exhibits!

During this #GivingTuesday, we ask you to support these projects and our mission by becoming a Newnan-Coweta Historical Society Member or Donating to the Mission of the Society. Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,
Emily Kimbell
Director

Dear NCHS Supporters and Friends! Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving Day after "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" as a day to give back to local community and remember that the holidays is truly a season of giving. Now more than ever is when charities need support the...

Join us tonight at the Historic Train Depot for a lecture with “Senoia Boy” Ellis Crook! Lecture begins at 6:30! Books w...
11/17/2020

Join us tonight at the Historic Train Depot for a lecture with “Senoia Boy” Ellis Crook! Lecture begins at 6:30! Books will be on sale and benefiting the Senoia Area Historical Society!

📸 @senoia_historical_society

It's officially the season for giving Thanks! The NCHS staff is so grateful to be part of such a worthwhile organization...
11/13/2020
NCHS November 2020 Newsletter

It's officially the season for giving Thanks! The NCHS staff is so grateful to be part of such a worthwhile organization, and we are equally as grateful for all of you in the community that support us! In this "Thankful" newsletter, learn about exciting upcoming changes at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, a Scout-worthy upgrade at the Historic Train Depot, and holiday opportunities from our NCHS non-profit member.

It's officially the season for giving Thanks! The NCHS staff is so grateful to be part of such a worthwhile organization, and we are equally as grateful for all of you in the community that support us! In this "Thankful" newsletter, learn about exciting upcoming changes at the McRitchie-Hollis Museu...

Happy Veterans Day to all who served and protected! NCHS honors and appreciates your service and sacrifice.
11/11/2020

Happy Veterans Day to all who served and protected! NCHS honors and appreciates your service and sacrifice.

Helen Camp from the Newnan-Coweta Genealogical Society gave us this photograph from the 1892-93 Georgia House of Represe...
10/30/2020

Helen Camp from the Newnan-Coweta Genealogical Society gave us this photograph from the 1892-93 Georgia House of Representatives. Coweta is represented by Wm. Yates Atkinson (#93) and W. W. Thomas (#92) Atkinson was the Speaker of the House that year and then was elected Governor in 1894. He's kind of in the lower middle, has a mustache and looks a little angry - his photo is slightly larger than anyone else's. Atkinson had a brother named T.E Atkinson who was the superintendant of Coweta Schools. (Atkinson Elementary is named for him and not the Governor.) T.E. built a grand Queen Anne house at 19 Temple Avenue - the movie "Get Low" with Bill Murray, was filmed here. Here is more information about Governor Atkinson.

Atkinson was born in the Oakland community in Meriwether County on November 11, 1854. He graduated from the University of Georgia with an LL.B in 1877. He married Susan Cobb Milton, granddaughter of Florida Governor John Milton,[1] in 1880.

Political Life[edit]
After graduating from the University of Georgia, Atkinson began practicing law in Newnan. Atkinson was the solicitor of the Coweta Superior Court circuit. He then represented Coweta County as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives (1886–94), where he was the speaker, or presiding officer, during the last two years. As a state representative, he introduced a bill that established the Georgia Normal and Industrial College, which later became Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. He was also the Georgia Democratic Party state chair from 1890 to 1892.

Atkinson won the 1894 election and was elected Governor of Georgia. He was reelected to a second term in 1896.[2] During his administration, he hired the first woman salaried employee in state government, Ellen Dortch, as assistant state librarian. In 1897, he vetoed a law that would have prohibited football in the state, due in part to an impassioned letter from Rosalind Burns Gammon, whose son's death had initiated the anti-football legislation.[3] He was vehement in his opposition to the practice of lynching.

Atkinson was mentioned by William Henry Holtzclaw, later founder of Utica Institute in Mississippi, as giving him the money he needed to go back to Tuskegee Institute for college - as well as a kindly lecture on the advisability of staying out of politics.

Death and legacy
Atkinson died on August 8, 1899 at the age of 44. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan. Atkinson County, Georgia is named for him.

His son, William Yates Atkinson, Jr., was the Georgia Democratic state chair in 1942 as well as a Georgia state Supreme Court justice from 1943 to 1948.
Atkinson Hall, on the campus of Georgia College and State University, is named for him.

Reynolds Estate Sales
10/30/2020

Reynolds Estate Sales

30% off Today!!! Come shop with us today at the Train Depot! 9 am-4 pm!
#reynoldsestatesales

October 29-31, 9am-4pm at the Historic Newnan Train Depot.  Reynolds Estate Sales will be hosting a Tag Sale.  They will...
10/15/2020

October 29-31, 9am-4pm at the Historic Newnan Train Depot. Reynolds Estate Sales will be hosting a Tag Sale. They will be handing out numbers at 7:30am Thursday morning. These items are from the estates of 15 families, ---- you do not want to miss it!

It’s Georgia Cities Week, and we are joining in on the celebration by sharing historical photos of our city at work!   T...
10/09/2020

It’s Georgia Cities Week, and we are joining in on the celebration by sharing historical photos of our city at work! This photo from the late 1940s/early 1950s shows the former Newnan Police Department. The police station at that time was located on the South Court Square in downtown Newnan right beside the Courthouse and also served as the Tourist Information Center!

It’s Georgia Cities Week, and we are joining in on the celebration by sharing historical photos of our city at work!   O...
10/08/2020

It’s Georgia Cities Week, and we are joining in on the celebration by sharing historical photos of our city at work! Our city and community have always celebrated with parades! This parade float representing the local Daughters of the America Revolution chapter was part of Newnan’s 1927 Centennial Parade. We look forward to when we will be able to safely celebrate together again!

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74 Jackson St (PO Box 1001)
Newnan, GA
30263

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http://www.newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com/ https://twitter.com/NC_Hist_Society To visit us, stop by the... Male Academy Museum McRitchie-Hollis Museum* 74 Jackson Street Newnan, Georgia 30263 770-251-0207 *parking is located in the old Newnan Hospital lot off Carmichael Street Our operating hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 3pm. We are updating our Tour so please call beforehand. To visit the Historic Train Depot, please call to reserve a tour.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30
Thursday 09:00 - 16:30
Friday 09:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(770) 251-0207

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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. We operate the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, permanent and rotating exhibits, and the Historic Train Depot featuring our signature exhibit about the history of Coweta and Newnan and the Battle of Brown’s Mill.

Both the McRitchie-Hollis Museum and Historic Train Depot are available to rent for weddings, business functions, private dining, parties and showers, and other special occasions. You can view photos of past events at FB - Newnan Coweta Historical Society Venues. Stayed tuned for more changes, program and exhibit updates, and feel free to contact us! 770-251-0207 or [email protected]

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Where 'Fighting Joe' Wheeler whupped 'em: A quick visit to the Brown's Mill cavalry battlefield outside Newnan.
Looking for any information on a Georgia Ann Hale who married Elijah Washington Hammond in 1882 Coweta County. Georgia Ann Hale’s grandmother was half Creek and married a Creek Chief, Mad Dog. Elijah Washington Hammond shows on the census between Campbell County, Carrol County and Coweta. Thank you.
Please send me your application for Senior membership. I would like to join. I have deep roots in Coweta, My father &, his parents born in Coweta Cty and live in Newnan back to 1800's..Surnames; Brown, King, Welch, Montgomery, McConnell, Pilgrim, ,Gilbert, Strickland, Vickers,etc. Lineage interred at Bethlehem Baptist, Andrews Chapel in Roscoe . I would also like to visit.(planned to this past summer, we don't travel since virus. Information as follows: . Boyce Alyce (nee: Brown) Hundley 1040 S.E. 23rd Street Blue Heron CC Okeechobee, Fl 34974 [email protected]
Ellis Hardeman Pen*ston
Paul & Nora Pen*ston
Home of Paul Eugene Pen*ston
Newnan, GA, drug store bottles that were in a collection I bought this week. Thought you would enjoy seeing the elaborate, embossed bottles used by local drug stores from 1880-1930.
Completed the Passport to Coweta County tour this past weekend with a friend and had a wonderful time. So many great things to see and do in our county. 😊
Are you doing the Easter Egg hunt again this year?
Angela Among Us Cemetery Tour
A post on the PTC Bubble Page has prompted my public question...I've always heard my great grandfather Isaac Thomas Word was born 12 April 1842 at Shakerag and presumed it was Fayette CO. becaue it is now. I found a 1855 map that shows “Kidron” (Kedron which is near where Shakerag was near in later years) was in Coweta County in 1840. In later years Shakerag was located near intersection of Robinson Rd and Hwy 54. Can you help research this possibility that in 1842 Shakerag was in Coweta County back then?? I find our family, Elizabeth Underwood and Robert Milton Word in the 1840 and 1850 census in Coweta County. Any help would be appreciated.
Civil War era Music: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/civil-war-music/index.html Civil War era heritage events in May: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/civil-war-events/may.html Oak Hill Cemetery, Newnan