Newnan, also known as the county seat of Coweta, lies about thirty-eight miles to the southwest of Atlanta. Currently, the town has a population of over 50,000 and a thriving economy. Newnan sits in the land that was originally inhabited by the Creek Indians. In the early 1800s, this area was an Indian territory. However, they surrendered their land to the Georgian state in the early 1820s.
Coweta County is among the five counties that were formed in the former Creek Indian territory. Newnan, which is the current seat of Coweta County, was incorporated in 1828. Newnan is named after Daniel Newnan who was the soldier. He later became a secretary of state for Georgia and member of the Congress of United States.
By 1829, there were new courthouse as well as schools and churches to provide families who lived in Newnan. The coming of the railroad in the 1850s led to the establishment of many businesses such as R.D. Cole Manufacturing Company. Cole was responsible for the construction of many homes in Newnan from the 1880s.
In 1860, Newnan had only 946 inhabitants. However, the town as selected as the site for the Military hospital during the civil war of 1861-65. As the number of casualties, most buildings in Newnan were used as medical facilities. This led to the increase in the population of the town.
In 1890, the population had increased up to 2,859. By this time, most of the homes and businesses had electric lights. Schools including the famous Male Academy were built during this time. In the early twentieth century, Newnan has paved streets, sewage systems, and telephone service.
Newnan faced challenges during World War I, The Great Depression, and World War II. However, it prospered again after the World War II. Today, this town has a thriving community and has won recognition as a “City of Excellence”. Today, Newnan boasts of several museums, parks, and iconic structures.