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 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. Admission is always free, however, donations are always accepted and appreciated!
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.
Douglas County Tourism/Visitor Information Center
Visit the newly opened Douglas County Tourism/Visitor Information Center located inside the Douglas County Museum of History and Art. Get information about Douglas County points of interest, events and much more. The Center is open Tuesdays - Fridays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Did you know?
The Douglas County Museum of History and Art is much larger than many people realize. Museum by the NUMBERS: 12 Exhibit Rooms plus the large Courtroom plus the conference room plus the Gift Shop plus the Gallery plus the Visitor Information Center!
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We need volunteer Tour Guides!
Please call 678.449.3939 to volunteer! Currently, we are in need of TOUR GUIDES especially on Friday and Saturdays.