Display Highlights in Museum
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Indian artifacts: See attached docents notes. Also see Male Academy Museum history on the wall to the left.
THE SMITH COLLECTION
On December 6,1821, Ellen Peniston married Dr. Ira Ellis Smith in Petersburg, Va, They departed in a COVERED wagon and arrived in Newnan in 1828.
They had 11 children, 8 of these reached adulthood of which there were: 3 Lawyers, 3 Physicians, 1 Preacher, 1 Professor-who was President of Emory at Oxford. The contents of this room span 150 years.
NOTE: The Cherry Hunt board, or Sideboard. The Poster Bed with the acanthus design, also the drop leaf table. In the wall is a Dolly Madison mirror, the white teapot were all brought in a covered wagon from Virginia to Coweta County. The Oil Tapestry c. 1911 was done by Lois Smith a granddaughter in-law of Francis Scott Key-who wrote the Star Spangled Banner.
NOTE: The Biscuit Table or Block c 1840-1860 is also a part of the Zeke Smith Collection.
THE JUDGE BYRON MATHEWS COLLECTION
Judge Byron Mathews was an ardent collector of Civil War artifacts: NOTE: The Guns, Swords, Bayonets, Cannon Balls, early Medical Instruments, the cot and the blanket which were used to treat men who were wounded.
In this room on the wall is an early lithograph of College Temple. This was a college which was founded to educate women, it later opened its doors to young men. The first degree to be conferred on women was the "Magister in Artibus" or Master Of Arts Degree. Two remaining buildings of the College can still be seen on College Street. The College operated from 1854 to 1888.
THE MALE ACADEMY CLASSROOM
This is a room in which students would receive instruction. 1828 Coweta County was established 1840 This Male Academy (Seminary) was established. To begin with there were 60 students. Professor Moses leased the ground for the academy.
NOTE: The Teacher's desk is original. The bell on the desk. The student's desk with slate and chalk. The student's uniform as well as the teacher's dress, the stove also the lunch pail. The pictures are of the early days in Newnan.
Display case shows other local notables.
In the large exhibit room on the left is a vignette of furnishings from and a picture of the Dr. Calhoun home on Greenville Street. Dr. Calhoun made by slaves on this property. The house was torn down in 1955 to build the present Newnan Plaza Shopping Center on Greenville Street. It was said that a 12 gauge shot gun could be fired in one of the rooms and the sound would not be heard in the next room. This also was the house where the singer and entertainer LENA HORN'S grandmother lived and worked.
NOTE: The early maps are of Newnan and Coweta County. The show case was give by the daughters of the confederacy as well as the items on display. Photos are of early families of this area.
NOTE: The picture is of William Thomas Overby who was born in Virginia and his family moved to Coweta County when he was two. He volunteered for the Georgia Confederate Army with the 7th Regiment. He refused to reveal the hiding place of the Mosby's Rangers and was hanged without a trial.