The Old School History Museum is housed in four classrooms of the original 1916 Eatonton School, now the home of The Plaza Arts Center.
Old School History Museum
305 N. Madison Ave., Eatonton, Georgia 31024
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
Hours of Operation: (Closed on Holidays)
Monday – Thursday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Self-guided Tours)
Friday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Docent-led Tours)
Saturday 10:00 – 4:00 (Docent-led Tours)
Sunday (By appointment only and reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance)
For more information, or to schedule a Docent-led tour, please contact the museum director at 706-485-3156 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The OSHM now has their own Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OSHMuseum/
Museum Visitors will experience:
Drugstores were not only a place to pick up medicine but also a popular gathering place for teenagers and families. Our drugstore is modeled to look like an Eatonton drugstore from the 1950’s and the 1960’s. During those years, the town had drugstores such as Tucker’s, Rossee’s, Connally’s, and Walker’s.
BE SURE TO NOTICE:
- Pictures on the walls of soda jerks, former pharmacists, and 20th-century drugstores
- Original fountain backdrop from Connally’s drugstore
- Original marble top soda fountain from early 1900’s
- The 1946 Seeburg jukebox, ice cream tables, and chairs
- The Bicentennial Eatonton/Putnam County Scrapbook
A reproduction of turn-of-the-century downtown Eatonton with a variety of storefronts. These “windows in time” feature artifacts and treasures destined to stir childhood memories.
- This representation of the early years of downtown Eatonton has a grocery store, theater, bank, barbershop, 5 & 10-cent store, and dry goods store. These turn-of-the-century style buildings had large plate glass windows that would invite shoppers inside. Although most of the shops have different names, the buildings still exist in the real downtown Eatonton.
- The 5 & 10 and Dry Goods stores change displays several times a year, so visit often to see a new display.
A history gallery guides visitors through early Indian culture, the transition of frontier land to prosperous cotton farms, the impact of the Civil War and reconstruction, and into the 20th century.
Exhibit Highlights include:
- Arrowhead collection (don’t miss the Clovis Point)
- Portrait of Creek Chief Hopoithle Mico (charcoal on antelope hide)
- Authentic 1807 Georgia land lottery ticket
- Information on how Eatonton got its name
- Early settlement home life artifacts
- And MUCH more!
Our classroom, restored to circa 1916, features slate blackboards, 100-year-old maps, early 1900’s school desks, original cloakroom, and beadboard ceiling. We invite you to sit in the desks and reminisce about days gone by!
- The Pre-Civil War cemetery outside the window
- Report cards, class rings, and graduation notices belonging to former students (in the glass cases)
- Wooden paddle used to discipline students
- Photo album filled with names and pictures of former students from 1899-1976
Additional photographs of Putnam County sports, Eatonton teachers, town scenes, and historic events displayed in the hallways outside the museum.