OLD SCHOOL HISTORY MUSEUM

The Old School History Museum is housed in four classrooms of the original 1916 Eatonton School, now the home of The Plaza Arts Center located at 305 N. Madison Ave., Eatonton, Georgia 31024. 

Hours of Operation: (Closed on Holidays)
Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Self-Guided Tours)
Docent-Led Tours:  Friday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 – 4:00

We also offer Docent-guided group tours by appointment.  For more information, contact the museum director at 706-485-3156 or srosseter@bellsouth.net 

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. 

 

Old School History Museum
Sunday At The Museum Lecture Series

Sunday, February 2, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Stephen Davis
Topic: “George N. Barnard: Photographer of Civil War Atlanta”

Dr. Stephen Davis’ program on Civil War Photographer George N. Barnard is based on the recent
publication of Davis’ book 100 Significant Civil War Photos: Atlanta Campaign. Davis writes that
Barnard, who photographed the war’s western theater, deserves to be ranked in the top tier of famous
photographers such as Mathew Brady who photographed the war’s eastern theater.


Museum visitors will experience:

  • A vintage drugstore complete with marble-topped soda fountain, 1940’s jukebox, ice cream chairs and tables, and period photographs.
 
  • 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.
 
  • A history gallery that 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.
  • A historic classroom restored to its early 1900’s condition. The classroom boasts its original blackboard, cloakroom, vintage desks, and a collection of student memorabilia. There is also a photo album of all the school’s graduating classes from 1916 to the 1970’s.
 
  • Additional photographs of Putnam County sports, Eatonton teachers, town scenes, and historic events displayed in the hallways outside the museum.