Newnan-Coweta Historical Society launches “Passport to Coweta County”

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June 3, 2022

For the fourth consecutive year, the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society (NCHS) is pleased to announce its summer program—“Passport to Coweta County” — with a fun, new theme and 10 locations for Cowetans to explore!

“Passport to Coweta County” is an outdoor exhibit that encourages families to explore different historical locations, areas, and experiences throughout Newnan and the surrounding Coweta County area. For the 2022 Passport Theme, NCHS will be highlighting Historical Markers located around Coweta County. These markers include those designated by the Georgia Historical Trust and markers created to honor special events/people in Coweta County.

These markers share the history of Coweta County from its settlement to modern day. Participants will learn aspects of local history from the markers and answer questions about their adventure to solve a scavenger hunt along the way!

Start your in-person journey at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum where you can pick up a passport booklet for a $5 donation. Active NCHS members receive their passport for free and can alternatively pick up their Passport at Hillcrest Chapel.. Adventurers that complete the passport by the end of the summer can exchange their "stamps” at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum for a congratulatory prize!

This year, Passport Locations include:

● Historic Newnan Downtown Square
● Willie Lynch Park
● ChildrenConnect Museum
● Veterans Memorial Park
● C. Jay Smith Park
● 9/11 Memorial
● Staley Park
● Senoia Welcome Center
● Grantville Public Library
● McIntosh Reserve Park

The 2022 Passport to Coweta County is sponsored by Hillcrest Chapel. In 1953, the Willcoxon-Arnold House (c. 1852) was turned into a funeral home which has been its use ever since. Hillcrest Chapel was nominated for a 1991 Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Award. On May 20, 1991 the Willcoxon/Amold House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Hillcrest Chapel has been continuously serving the community for 60 plus years.

NCHS is excited to bring back this popular educational program that encourages the community to get out and explore local history!

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