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Douglas County Museum of History and Art
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 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 farmers 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 - Fridays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. with the last tour beginning no later than one hour before closing time. Tours may be arranged at other hours by calling. Groups of 10 or more wishing to tour the Museum need to call ahead for a reservation. Admission is always free, however, donations are always accepted and appreciated!