Welcome to the Old Douglas County Courthouse!
When the new courthouse was opened in 1998, the old courthouse was declared "surplus" and slated for sale and disposal. The Douglas County Tourism and History Commission persuaded the Board of Commissioners to save the building because of its unique architectural style and for use by the community. The Old Courthouse now houses the Douglas County Museum of History and Art. There are rotating exhibits of mid-20th Century (to reflect the 1956 date of the Courthouse) private collections including a display of cocktail shakers, school lunchboxes, children's phonographs and items from a personal collection of Coca Cola articles. In recent years, we have added a tribute to our veterans, black education history, Fanny Mae Davis (first County historian), and Young Vansant (one of the first settlers). We have also added exhibits that feature early medical items, and how merchants and famers lived.
The Old Douglas County Courthouse is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its unique architecture, the international style building, of which few examples remain.
The Douglas County Museum of History and Art is currently open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 - 5 p.m. Private tours are available at other times. Please call 770-949-4090 to arrange tours.
Douglas County Tourism and History Commission
The Douglas County Tourism and History Commission was created by the Board of Commissioners to promote tourism and to preserve, recognize, and promote an awareness of county history.
Members of the DCTHC are appointed by the Board of Commissioners.
Annual Historic Preservation Luncheon, May of each year
The Douglas County Tourism and History Commission and the Douglasville History Commission celebrate Historic Preservation Week by recognizing historic structures and historic preservation efforts during the Historic Preservation Luncheon.
Douglas County Hall of Fame
At the annual Historic Preservation Luncheon, Douglas County citizens who have represented the County well and who have been recognized on the National scene are inducted into the Douglas County Hall of Fame.
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