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Arts & Culture

Coweta County offers many cultural and leisure activities. These diverse and vibrant activities that feed the imagination, foster creativity, and provide important cultural exposure are the fibers that weave neighborhoods, towns, faith-based and ethnic groups together into the community tapestry that is Coweta County.

Whether you are sipping your favorite brew at Espresso Lane, strolling through the annual Spring Newnan-Coweta Art Association Art Show on the Courthouse Square, enjoying “Les Miserables” or the Martha Graham Dance Company at the Centre for the Performing Arts, or singing along with “Pirates of Penzance” at the Newnan Theatre Company, art and culture abound. Coweta County has served as a venue for sophisticated and rather rare exhibits such as the Lewis & Clark Expedition and the work of Madame Francois Gilot, Picasso’s protégé and the wife of Jonas Salk. For local artists, the Newnan-Coweta Art Association holds paint-ins every Tuesday, 3-5 p.m. at Harriet Alexander Art Center on Hospital Road in Newnan.

While almost everyone knows that country music stars Alan Jackson and Doug Stone are from Newnan, when you live here you’re more likely to catch a concert by The Straynotes, made up of Jackson’s mother, sisters, in-laws and friends. If you want to be part of a performance yourself, there are several different organizations throughout the county that promote and present the visual, musical and theatrical arts, not to mention the Coweta County School System’s fine arts offerings and the multitude of choral, orchestral, and even dance opportunities offered by the area’s many churches. You can even catch some special performances at the grassy amphitheater at Dunaway Gardens in Roscoe, situated amid a stunning, 25-acre floral rock garden.

The Newnan Cultural Arts Commission
The Cultural Arts Commission, which was established by the Mayor and City Council, plans, sponsors, and coordinates appropriate cultural events in Newnan. Since its creation in 2004, the Commission has hosted the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra from Newnan’s sister city in Ayr, Scotland; coordinated the annual Charles Wadsworth and Friends Concerts; and planned for the Miss Georgia USA pageant, held at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. The 14-member volunteer board continues to assist with cultural special events for the city.

Main Street Newnan
This vibrant merchant organization invites everyone to browse the picturesque downtown streets, explore the interesting and unusual shops in historic downtown, sample the local cuisine, and discover the true hospitality of the South. Main Street Newnan celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year with annual Art Walks, Taste of Newnan and many other events in the city. There is something for every season. Go to  www.mainstreetnewnan.com for more information.

The Charles Wadsworth Auditorium
Located on Jefferson Street in downtown Newnan, the 625-seat auditorium features renovated dressing rooms, and excellent acoustics. The auditorium is reserved for concerts, civic gatherings and community shows, most notably the annual concert by world renowned pianist and Newnan native Charles Wadsworth, for whom the auditorium is named.

The City of Newnan has made efforts to preserve the 1930s-era Art Deco hall including retaining and enhancing the original remaining Art Deco elements such as light fixtures, a pair of murals flanking the stage, geometric wall treatments, and refurbished decorative seating. Other improvements include a new sound and lighting system, a new stage rigging system and construction of an interior technical balcony. A new color scheme using Art Deco colors was created and carpet installed. For reservations, call Newnan City Hall at (770) 254-2354.

The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts
This modern, 48,000 square-foot structure is nestled in a serene valley off Lower Fayetteville Road near the City of Newnan. The Coweta County School System facility provides students and the community with a 1,000-seat, state-of-the-art performance hall, elegant lobby, lecture hall and the Françoise Gilot art gallery. This “pearl of the community” has become the nucleus of an expanding fine arts curriculum in Coweta’s schools, as well as a center of community life. For example, the Centre is the home of the STAR (Superintendent’s Theatre Arts Resource) program that is an auditioned group of Coweta County high school students that strives to excel in all aspects of the fine arts. The Centre also serves as home to Masterworks Chorale, an auditioned community choir, and Centre Strings, a selected ensemble of experienced strings players.

Construction of The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts was funded by a SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) program along with an investment by the Coweta County School System. The Centre is available for use by all the citizens of the surrounding communities with priority being given to school system events. For information on upcoming events or rental, call (770) 254-ARTS (2787), or visit  www.thecentreonline.net.

Newnan Community Theatre Company
Community theatre is a 30-year legacy that has provided Coweta audiences with a variety of interesting, sometimes provocative, educational, and entertaining productions. A group of dedicated volunteers produce an annual season of plays such as The Importance of Being Ernest, The Odd Couple, Little Shop of Horrors, and other popular productions at its home at 24 First Ave., Newnan. Visit www.newnantheatre.com for the latest schedule and call (770) 683-6282 to make reservations.

Fayette-Coweta Family Theatre, Inc. (FCFT)
Another theatre outlet, FCFT offers professional quality, educational and high moral theatrical experiences to families with children from 2 to 18 years of age. FCFT offers four to six productions each season. FCFT productions are family friendly and are suitable for all age groups. Past FCFT productions are Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Disney's Aladdin, Aristocats, Godspell, Disney's High School Musical, Disney's Mulan, Tiny Thumbelina and Voices from the Titanic.

FCFT maintains two professional ensembles that each present one production per season. A Company of Friends Educational Productions presents musical and educationally-based shows for school groups. Past ACOF shows include School House Rock Live, Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. The FCFT Professional Dinner/Dessert Theatre Ensemble presents well-known comedies and dramas complete with catered meals. Past Professional Dinner Theatre Ensemble productions have included On Golden Pond, Little Shop of Horrors, The Boys Next Door and Twelve Angry Men.

FCFT also offers workshops, private acting lessons, production camps and production classes throughout the year. FCFT rehearsals and performances are held at the Fayette Family YMCA Black Box Theatre at 215 Huiet Rd., Fayetteville, during the months of August-May. FCFT events in June, July and early August are held at Christ’s Church at Whitewater on Hwy. 85 in Fayetteville. For more information, visit  www.fcft.net or call (770) 599-0051 or (770) 251-7611.

The Powers’ Festival
Formerly the Powers Crossroads Country Fair & Art Festival, this Labor Day tradition, ranked as one of the top festivals in the Southeast, celebrates its proud tradition as host to innovative art exhibitions and heritage crafts. Welcoming as many as 15,000 annual visitors, it recently celebrated its 40th consecutive year on Labor Day weekend at the 100-acre historic Powers Plantation site, 10 miles west of Newnan, near Franklin, Ga. 

Under a canopy of pines, visitors for more than a generation have found works of pottery, metal craft, sculpture, painting, fabric craft, glass, wood, etching, and much more. Demonstrations of crafts like spinning and blacksmithing entertain visitors. The diversity of art on display in the open air “gallery” gives the Powers’ Festival a reputation as fertile soil for harvesting unique art.

Enjoy shopping every month at the Country Store during PowerShopping Days each third Tuesday and the following Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sip cider, coffee, or tea, shop, visit, and walk the beautiful grounds to see more exhibits.

All events at Powers are produced by five Newnan-Coweta non-profit organizations which make up Coweta Festivals, Inc. For more information, email cowetafestivals@charter.net, call (770) 253-2011 or visit  www.newnan.com/powers.

Raleigh Studios of Atlanta
Senoia has developed a burgeoning film industry.  Many films and made-for-television movies have been produced in Coweta County including: Fried Green Tomatoes, Pet Sematary II, The War, Our Winning Season, Driving Miss Daisy, Sweet Home Alabama, TNT’s Andersonville, A Christmas Memory and the television series I’ll Fly Away. Recent films include Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and Five Killers, starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl. Raleigh Studios of Atlanta has recently purchased the majority of developable land in the historic district of Senoia, and embarked on a historic infill project that is adding restaurants, retail, office and residential elements, all designed to blend seamlessly with the city’s early 1900’s architecture, and make the town even more conducive to future film projects (www.historicsenoia.com). Coweta County has played host to such celebrities as Sam Waterston, Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Costner, Reese Witherspoon, Cicely Tyson, Toby Keith, Kelly Preston, Burt Reynolds and Queen Latifah.

Arts Contacts

www.mainstreetnewnan.com

  • Newnan Community Theatre Company
    (770) 683-6282
     www.newnantheatre.com
  • Powers’ Festival
    (770) 253-2011
  • Wadsworth Auditorium
    (770) 254-2354 x 228

Attractions

Be sure to experience all of the historic treasures of Coweta County!  We have history, museums, gardens, and more!  Begin your trip...  at the Coweta County Convention and Visitors Bureau for a wealth of information and brochures to help you explore all that Coweta County has to offer.   The Visitors Center is located in downtown Newnan in the 1904 Historic Courthouse.   There’s a Gift Shop in the Visitor’s Center featuring local items...as well as maps of Coweta County ($1.00 each).  Highways 29, 27, 16, 34 or 70 bring you into Coweta County where you can explore towns and cities. 

African-American Alliance Museum and Research Center

92 Farmer Street, Newnan
770-683-7055
www.africanamericanalliance.net

The first Black Museum of Coweta County provides a repository for African-American artifacts and records, and serves as a genealogy workroom for African-American research. Adjacent to the Farmer Street Cemetery which may be the largest slave cemetery in the South.

The Buggy Museum—Main Street, Senoia, GA

770-253-1018
www.senoiabuggyshop.com

The treasures this museum holds include antique buggies and cars, Coca-Cola memorabilia, tools, machinery, player pianos, and other curiosities. Open April thru October every 3rd weekend of the month.
 
Bike Routes
We have great bike routes in Coweta County!   Cyclists can bike throughout the county on quiet country roads disturbed only by the occasional vehicle. For example, a ride out Smokey Road, just south of Newnan, takes you past acres of rolling pasture and horse farms, wooded stretches filled with birdsong, and fields dotted with wildflowers. The Coweta routes are oriented toward average recreational riders.  Characterized by rolling hills, the routes generally follow the County’s lightly traveled network of rural and minor roads. Each route intersects with at least one of the three state-sponsored routes that cross the County.  Motor vehicle traffic conditions in the County vary from heavy to light. To ensure your safety, please obey all traffic laws.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park
Newnan native and country music recording artist Alan Jackson should be pleased that his signature river, the Chattahoochee, is now the site of a 2,910-acre state park–the largest on the Chattahoochee River.

Located in the Flat Rock area in Coweta’s northwest corner, the park property contains seven miles of river frontage. The Department of Natural Resources named the development Chattahoochee Bend State Park and the state budget that passed in 2006 included $7 million earmarked for the project. 

Park visitors have many activities to choose from, including boating, walking, biking, hiking, off-road bicycling, managed hunting, horseback riding, fishing and wildlife observation. Appropriately, part of the park is on land once owned by Chief William McIntosh, the half Creek Indian who was leader of the “Cowetas,” the namesake tribe for Coweta County.   The Park officially opened on July 1, 2011.  For more information, visit www.gastateparks.org/ChattahoocheeBend .

Chattahoochee Flint Heritage Highway
Take a drive along Highway 70 on the Chattahoochee Flint Heritage Highway.  Experience the heritage of this scenic 155-mile trail through its collection of architecture, scenic landscapes, quaint communities, historic landmarks and special events.  In these rolling foothills you’ll step to a quieter pace and find the lure that enchanted renowned authors and a U.S. President.

Chattahoochee River
Take advantage of great fishing.  The boat/canoe/kayak entrance is located on Hwy 16/27 West.  The river borders the west side of our county.  You can fish this area year-round for its green sunfish, carp, long nose gar, channel catfish, white bass, large-mouth bass, crappie, or striped bass.  A Georgia fishing license is required. 

Coweta County 1904 Historic Courthouse

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 1904 Classic Revival Courthouse anchors the town square. Its dome rises 100 feet above street level, and a four-face clock in the tower chimes the hour. The dome is covered with copper to match the cornice, pediments and railings.   The Coweta County Visitors Center is now located in the 1904 Historic Courthouse (enter on the east side of the square).

Dunaway Gardens
3218 Roscoe Road/Hwy 70 Roscoe
678-423-4050
www.dunawaygardens.com

This stunning, 25-acre floral garden was salvaged from kudzu and wisteria only a few short years ago. Five descending terraces feature rock walls, slate patios, waterfalls, goldfish ponds, hanging gardens and a one-acre granite outcrop know as Little Stone Mountain.

Erskine Caldwell Museum
"The Little Manse"

Moreland Square - Moreland, GA
http://id.mind.net/~fletch

Author Erskine Caldwell, one of the best-selling writers of the early 20th century and a compatriot of Faulkner, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald and Salinger, was born in Moreland and carried this earliest sense of place into his literature. The museum includes books, movie art, U.S. and foreign versions of Caldwell's work, and a video presentation.

Historic Courthouse Scenic Driving Tour
Drive Highway 27 for a Historic Courthouse Tour which covers 21 courthouses as distinctive as each community.  Standing with dignity and strength, these courthouses provide an anchor for community roots and growth.   

Lewis Grizzard Museum
Hwy. 29 South, Moreland, GA

Beloved Southern humorist Lewis Grizzard, sometimes described as the poor man's Faulkner, is memorialized in the town where he was raised. Memorabilia on exhibit in the museum includes his family photos and mementos, manuscripts, and the typewriter on which he built his career as a syndicated newspaper columnist and author. Please call for hours

Male Academy Museum

30 College Street, Newnan
770-251-0207
www.nchistoricalsociety.org

Period clothing, treasured furniture, Indian artifacts, Civil War artifacts, including guns, swords, bayonets as well as early medical instruments, maps, photos and histories are just some of the exhibits in this charming museum housed in a former boys' private school dating from 1840.

Oak Grove Plantation—B&B and Garden
4537 North Highway 29, Newnan
www.oakgrovega.com

The Plantation is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Circa 1835 - there are four themed gardens over 20 acres; the herb garden, pool garden, patience garden, and vegetable garden.

Oak Hill Cemetery
Highway 34 (Bullsboro Drive)

The final resting place of soldiers who did not survive the Civil War. During 1863 and 1864, 268 Confederate soldiers were buried here and a section of the Cemetery honors these soldiers. Due to the efficiency of the local hospitals, only two men are unknown. Every state in the Confederacy is represented in these burials. Also here are graves of Revolutionary War soldiers and the two Governors Ellis Arnall and William Atkinson

Powers Family Plantation
Highway 34 (10 miles west of Newnan)

The site of the Powers Festival is on the beautiful grounds of the Powers Family Plantation. The festival is one of "The Top Twenty Events" for the month of September; 250 talented artists and craftsmen gather each Labor Day Weekend to display their works.

Raleigh Studios of Atlanta
600 Chestlehurst Rd. - Senoia, GA 30276
770-599-4000
www.raleighstudios.com

Raleigh Studios of Atlanta chose Senoia because of its beautiful homes and scenery. Movies such as "Fried Green Tomatoes," "The War," and "Andersonville" have been filmed at Raleigh Studios.

New Senoia Raceway
171 Brown Road
Senoia (off Highway 16 East)
www.newsenoiaraceway.com
 
Visit the fastest 3/8 mile high-banked dirt oval in Georgia.

Walking Tours
Self-guided, driving/walking tour brochures are available for the City of Newnan and Senoia at Coweta’s Visitors Center in the historic courthouse in downtown Newnan.

Historical Markers

Battle of Brown's Mill
Courthouse in Newnan

On July 27, 1864, Brig. Gen. E.M. McCook with 3,600 Federal cavalry began a raid to destroy railroads south of Atlanta and release 32,000 Federal prisoners at Andersonville. Three miles south of Newnan, on July 30th, Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler with 1,400 Confederate cavalry caught and routed the Federals, captured about 2,000 men, several ambulances, a full battery and released 500 Confederate prisoners. Here General Wheeler whipped the `pick` of the Federal cavalry and saved Newnan from capture and possible destruction.

Birthplace of a Confederate Hero
Georgia 34 at Thomas Overby Drive, east of Georgia 154 junction

William Thomas Overby was born on this site in the 1840’s.  He enlisted May 31, 1861, in Co. A, 7th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, C.S.A.  Later served with the 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, Mosby’s Rangers and participated in many raids that harassed the enemy.

On Friday, Sept. 23, 1864, Overby and five other Rangers were Captured at Front Royal, Va. Overby was offered his freedom if he would reveal the hiding place of Mosby’s Rangers.  This he refused to do, so he was hanged without a trial.  He “lay down his life for his friends”.

Confederate Dead
East edge of Oak Hill Cemetery, Bullsboro Rd (Ga 34), Newnan

Here are buried 268 Confederate soldiers, most of whom died of wounds or disease in the several Confederate hospitals located in Newnan. Some were killed in the battle fought south of here, July 30, 1864.  Due to the efficiency of  the local hospitals only two are “Unknown.”  Most of these men were veterans of many hard fought battles.  Every State in the Confederacy is represented in these burials. Also, buried here are two Revolutionary War soldiers, and one from the First World War.

Confederate Hospitals
Courthouse in Newnan

In Newnan between 1862 and 1865 were seven Confederate hospitals -- Bragg, Buckner, `College Temple,` `Coweta House,` Foard, Gamble and Pinson`s Springs. More than 10,000 Confederate sick and wounded and about 200 Federal soldiers wounded in the Battle at Brown`s Mill were cared for in these hospitals and in private homes. The hospitals were directed and supervised by Samuel H. Stout, Army Medical Director Department of Tennessee. Loyal men and women of the county rendered valuable aid.

Gravesite of Lt.(jg) Thomas E. Zellars - Namesake
Grantville City Cemetery

Grantville native Thomas E. Zellars (1898-1924) graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1920 and reported for duty aboard the USS Mississippi. As turret commander he rose to the rank of lieutenant. In 1924, an explosion and fire engulfed his turret. Zellars and 47 others were killed but not before he opened a flood valve on a burning powder train - an act that saved the ship and its crew. In 1944, Naval destroyer USS Zellars DD 777 was launched in Zellars’ honor. It went on to serve in both WW II and the Korean War receiving five battle stars. The ship was decommissioned in 1971.  Erected by The Georgia Historical Society and the City of Grantville.  Located at the Grantville City Cemetery.

Parks & Outdoors

Once you’re settled into your new home, you won’t stay home for long because there’s so much to see and do here in Coweta County. Fun and fitness opportunities help make any community more livable and Coweta County certainly has its fair share of them, with more on the way. A conscientious county parks and recreation department is planning appropriate new facilities for the county’s growing population. Additionally, Coweta recently became home to the newest state park, preserving green space along the Chattahoochee River.

Coweta County is a haven for golfers, offering several public, private and semi-private courses. Equestrians also make their homes here thanks to Coweta’s acres of breeding and training facilities, highlighted by a new arena at the Coweta County Fairgrounds.

For those who just want to stroll leisurely through gorgeous scenery, there are numerous walking trails and, for a special treat, you can explore the paths through Dunaway Gardens, a 25-acre floral rock garden north of Newnan in the community of Roscoe.

Cyclists can bike throughout the county on quiet country roads disturbed only by the occasional vehicle. For example, a ride out Smokey Road, just south of Newnan, takes you past acres of rolling pasture and horse farms, wooded stretches filled with birdsong, and fields dotted with wildflowers.