Newnan, Georgia is located approximately 30 miles from the state capital.
Newnan is located close to New York City, the state’s biggest city. However, it has its own unique atmosphere and history. It was established in 1828 during the first wave European-American settlements in the southeast United States.
Newnan, which was heavily dependent on slave labour to run the cotton industry that made the city so rich, was virtually unaffected by the American Civil War. This allows the city to display excellent examples of antebellum architecture (pre-war).
Newnan also offers many exciting cultural and natural attractions. Atlanta’s bright lights are always within reach.
These are the top things to do in Newnan (Georgia).
1. Downtown Newnan
Newnan’s downtown district is nine blocks in size and follows the same layout as the original 1828 founding of the city.
Its broad avenues lead to the Coweta County Courthouse, a grand structure.
It was constructed from red-brown brick and was designed in a Greek Revivalist style.
This area also houses the first Carnegie library of the state, as well as several historic religious buildings.
Additionally, East Broad Road has a section of stores that are a rare example of surviving examples from the time when racial segregation was extended to Newnan’s shopping habits.
2. McRitchie-Hollis Museum
McRitchieHollis Museum, which occupies another fine red-brick Greek Revival-style building, was built in 1937.
It has been restored to its former glory and serves as an introduction to the American south during World War II and the Great Depression.
The building’s original furniture is on display in the exhibition spaces. You can also see the simple bathroom and kitchen facilities that were available around one hundred years ago.
Upstairs, a beautiful spiral staircase leads to the garden. From here, visitors can enjoy the mature planting and lawns.
3. Brown’s Mill Battlefield Site
The buildings of Newnan were largely unaffected by the American Civil War, even though they survived.
Brown’s Mill Battlefield Site, a relatively new open space for the public with an area slightly larger than 80 hectares.
It was the scene of a battle in which Abraham Lincoln’s Unionist cavalry was defeated by soldiers from the south.
It is largely in its original condition and has walking and biking trails that run around the lake and site.
Anyone interested in learning more about battle of 1864 can find more information at interpretative signs.
4. Senoia Area Historical Society Museum
Senoia Area Historical Society Museum can be found in Senoia, just 30 minutes east from Newnan.
The atrium and five rooms are filled with antique furniture made in dark hardwoods and cabinets containing mementos. These items help visitors to discover the history of Senoia.
The dedicated History Room is surrounded by plasterwork mouldings that are original to the area. It contains teller windows dating back to 1874 from Farmers and Merchants Bank.
Recent additions include a display devoted to the torch relay at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. This museum space spans the entire history of the region.
5. Oak Hill Cemetery
Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan contains approximately 12,000 graves. This historic cemetery was established in 1833, five years after Newnan’s founding. It contains many notable graves.
The site covers 25 hectares and includes two graves of Georgia governors.
It also serves as the final resting spot for soldiers who died in the War of Independence against Britain and the 270 Confederate troops who were killed during the Civil War.
Many were killed by wounds and diseases in Newnan, which was a city that was hospitalized during the war.
Oak Hill Cemetery, which has graves that continue into the Vietnam War, is an important landmark for Newnan and the whole United States.
6. Dunaway Gardens
Dunaway Gardens are located approximately 5 miles north from Newnan, on the road towards Roscoe. They cover less than half of Oak Hill Cemetery’s size.
This doesn’t mean you can overlook this botanic park.
These gardens, which were abandoned for many years and have been reestablished in 2005, tumble down a hillside through a series five terraces.
These terraces are dotted with sightlines that point to sculptures or viewpoints. They also contain hanging gardens, goldfish ponds, and waterfalls. Little Stone Mountain is a granite outcrop.
7. Chattahoochee Bend State Park
You’ll find Chattahoochee Bend State Park if you head west.
The park is located on the Chattahoochee River’s southern bank, which meanders in an arc.
It is one of Georgia’s most popular state parks. There are almost 10 miles worth of trails and some trails for mountain biking.
Even if you don’t intend to be active, it’s worthwhile making the short trip here to see Georgia’s beautiful wilderness.
8. Coweta County African American Heritage Museum and Research Center
Although it is small, there are many reasons to spend some time at this museum.
Caswell House is also known as the Caswell House. It houses artifacts related to African-American history in a shotgun-style home that was common in the American South from the Civil War until the 1920s.
The Farmers Street Cemetery is next door. Many researchers believe it could be the largest cemetery in the south for enslaved persons.
Caswell House is also known for its haunted reputation. People have seen Ruby, the former owner of the house, and she apparently loves playing with any children who visit.
9. Abide Brewing Company
Newnan’s first brewery, Abide Brewing Company, is one of many craft breweries that produce unique and exquisite beers.
Abide is so small that they call it a “nano-brewery”. It was started by three Newnan residents with a dream. While you can taste the product at many Newnan bars, it is best to visit the brewery.
Staff here give regular tours of the facilities behind-the scenes. They also have their full range on tap, including lagers and European-style beers.
10. The Little White House
The Little White House, a favorite retreat of Franklin D Roosevelt (32nd President of the United States), is approximately 20 miles from Newnan, in Warm Springs.
Roosevelt built this retreat on Pine Mountain in his time as governor of New York.
Roosevelt was a frequent visitor to the Little White House. He died there on April 12, 1945, three months after he won a fourth term at Washington DC’s real White House.
The museum, which was preserved as it was the day Roosevelt died in 1932, is home to Roosevelt’s personal belongings, including his favorite chair and an incomplete presidential portrait.
11. Greenville Street Park
For decades, this small park in the city centre is a meeting place for Newnan citizens.
The grand entrance features 25 columns in Greek-style. These columns lead to a fountain and terraced lawn, which are great for picnics. There are also paths that run around the space.
Two sculptures are also found in the garden. The first sculpture is Flight Lesson and the second Lady of the House.
The image shows a happy woman with a piece of clapboard above her head. This was used to build many Newnan homes. Because no two pieces are the same, it is believed to symbolize the uniqueness and diversity of Newnan.
12. Barbie Beach
You’re sure to find Barbie Beach, which is perfect for those who love the unusual and quirky. It’s located 7 miles from Newnan, on the road towards Senoia.
The funny roadside attraction has a beach full of completely nude Barbie dolls. The Walking Dead producers were so impressed by it that they donated some zombie dolls.
You never know what you might find if you visit the beach. Scenes tend to reflect current events, such as major sporting contests.
13. Historic Banning Mills
Although it may sound like a museum attraction, this Newnan attraction is a complete surprise.
Historic Banning Mills offers everything you need, from ziplining to climbing walls.
The resort is nestled in stunning natural scenery and offers the opportunity to hike through the woods and cross the streams on horseback, or even kayak on the water.
The spa offers guests the opportunity to indulge in spa treatments and enjoy the southern hospitality.
Historic Banning Mills can be found 10 miles north of Newnan.
14. Delta Flight Museum
The Delta Flight Museum, which is approximately twice as far from Newnan than Historic Banning Mills and is located in the south suburbs of Atlanta, is about half the distance.
It is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Delta Airlines and can be found in two historical hangers that date back to the 1940s, just outside Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Its displays, artifacts and collection go back further in time. They include a six-seater airplane from 1931 that was the airline’s first passenger plane.
It is dwarfed by the Spirit of Delta, a 767-220 aircraft that was the company’s flagship plane up to 2004.
15. Georgia Aquarium
If you are in Atlanta, make sure to visit Georgia Aquarium in the middle of the state capital.
It is the largest aquarium in the world and one of only a few aquaria that can boast a whale shark tank.
Popular attractions include the California sealions, pure white Beluga whales and large numbers of its manta Rays.
The aquarium encompasses all of the major ocean environments around the globe, including the tropical shallows that are home to corals and brightly-coloured corals to the coldest waters.