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. Tours may be arranged at other hours by calling. Admission is always free.
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.
Douglas County Hall of Fame
- Ray Eberle: singer, actor, bandleader and entertainer
- Louise Suggs: athlete, author, teacher, founder of the LPGA
- Harold "Red" Palmer: inventor of the tranquilizer gun, achievements in the field of wild animals
- Terry Harper: athlete, member of the Atlanta Braves baseball team, service to community and youth organizations
- Susan Hutcheson: world-renowned songwriter and performer ("I Love the Night Life")
- "Captain" Herb Emory: internationally recognized radio broadcaster, NASCAR personality
- Bill Clary: internationally renowned magician, entertainer, and master of ceremonies
- Walton Goggins: actor in film and television
- Elena Meyers: 2-time winter Olympian (2010 Bronze Medal, 2014 Silver Medal, Ladies 2-man Bobsled)
- Taylor Phillips: professional baseball player
- Sam Memolo: host of "Shade Tree Mechanic" syndicated radio show
- Mike Brookshire: award-winning musician, vocalist, songwriter, and arranger ("What About Us?" Song of the Year)
- Dot Padgett: organizer of Jimmy Carter's "Peanut Brigade", assistant chief of protocol for President Carter in the White House
- Peter Frost: environmentalist
- B. B. Beall: songwriter, publishers of B. B. Beall and Company
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We need volunteers!
Please call 678.449.3939 to volunteer! You can help catalog donated items coming in to the Museum; give tours; help with the annual Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival; staff the gift shop and welcome center; and a lot more!