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History & Museums

Coweta County’s rich heritage dates back nearly 200 years, to a time when early residents were successful farmers, merchants and politicians, and their grand homes and businesses stood as testaments to their prosperity. The city of Newnan boasts six districts on the National Register of Historic Places, and locals and visitors alike can enjoy self-guided tours.

A few miles down the road is Senoia, a picturesque community that has served as a backdrop to numerous films and television shows. With its own vast collection of architectural treasures, much of the town comprises a historic district also on the National Register.

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Located in historic Moreland Mill, Moreland Hometown Heritage Museum features memorabilia and personal items of two of the South’s most renowned writers: Erskine Caldwell and Lewis Grizzard. Caldwell was born in Moreland and became one of America’s most widely read and critically acclaimed writers with a literary output of more than 60 titles. Two of his most popular books, God’s Little Acre and Tobacco Road, were turned into movies by Hollywood. Grizzard, who spent his childhood in Moreland, eventually became almost inseparable from Moreland in his life and his stories. He is one of the most popular and best-known Southern humorists. The museum houses Grizzard’s personal effects from his youth, as well as professional memorabilia, such as his typewriter.

Located in historic Moreland Mill, Moreland Hometown Heritage Museum features memorabilia and personal items of two of the South’s most renowned writers: Erskine Caldwell and Lewis Grizzard. Caldwell was born in Moreland and became one of America’s most widely read and critically acclaimed writers with a literary output of more than 60 titles. Two of his most popular books, God’s Little Acre and Tobacco Road, were turned into movies by Hollywood. Grizzard, who spent his childhood in Moreland, eventually became almost inseparable from Moreland in his life and his stories. He is one of the most popular and best-known Southern humorists. The museum houses Grizzard’s personal effects from his youth, as well as professional memorabilia, such as his typewriter.

Established in 1833, Oak Hill Cemetery is a 60-acre property with over 12,000 gravesites. Located just a few blocks north of downtown Newnan, it is the final resting place for some of the county’s most prominent citizens, including two Georgia governors and several congressmen. In addition to serving as the burial ground for 270 Confederate soldiers (representing every state in the confederacy), Oak Hill is also the final resting place for soldiers from the Revolutionary War (James Akens and William Smith), as well as soldiers from World War I, World War II, Vietnam and Korea. Self-guided tour brochures are available.

Established in 1833, Oak Hill Cemetery is a 60-acre property with over 12,000 gravesites. Located just a few blocks north of downtown Newnan, it is the final resting place for some of the county’s most prominent citizens, including two Georgia governors and several congressmen. In addition to serving as the burial ground for 270 Confederate soldiers (representing every state in the confederacy), Oak Hill is also the final resting place for soldiers from the Revolutionary War (James Akens and William Smith), as well as soldiers from World War I, World War II, Vietnam and Korea. Self-guided tour brochures are available.

The Senoia Area Historical Society’s mission is to secure, preserve and promote the social and cultural history of the community. And this museum, located in a historic Carmichael home originally built in 1870, successfully does all those things.

The Senoia Area Historical Society’s mission is to secure, preserve and promote the social and cultural history of the community. And this museum, located in a historic Carmichael home originally built in 1870, successfully does all those things.

This 19th-century farmhouse features art, memorabilia and press about the famous, cutting-edge 20th-century novelist Erskine Caldwell. His books, such as Tobacco Road and God’s Little Acre, inspired the love of Hollywood, the respect of readers of fine literature, the wrath of those who didn’t appreciate his portrayal of poverty-stricken reality in the South and, recently, the honor of his hometown.

This 19th-century farmhouse features art, memorabilia and press about the famous, cutting-edge 20th-century novelist Erskine Caldwell. His books, such as Tobacco Road and God’s Little Acre, inspired the love of Hollywood, the respect of readers of fine literature, the wrath of those who didn’t appreciate his portrayal of poverty-stricken reality in the South and, recently, the honor of his hometown.