This makeshift square adorning the western end of Downtown Douglasville used to be home to a large, brick, almost church looking courthouse. Looking upon old pictures of the structure, one goes back to a really simple time in Douglasville and Douglas County where the thoughts of suburban sprawl and metro area issues didn’t phase anyone here. That was a world away it seemed. Sadly in 1956, the old church like and tall structure suffered an untimely death when it burned to a shell. The old structure was then torn down and replaced with the modern (at the time) looking structure that graces the property today. Citizens both young and old remember the days of the crowded courthouse square in Downtown Douglasville before the glorious structure built on Hospital Dr became Douglas County’s meeting space for all things judicial and county administrative. After the new Courthouse complex was opened in 1998, A wrecking ball came calling to erase the old structure from the downtown area. A group of citizens put a stop to it, promising to keep it as a symbol of history for our county, a county that was lacking a lot of historic treasures from our past.
After 15 plus years of gathering and finding as well as adding to the venue, The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas Co. is pleased to invite all of us to the grand opening of the Douglas County Courthouse Museum of History and Art. The celebration will happen tomorrow 5/15 and begins at 1pm and lasts till 6pm. Admission tomorrow is free and open to the public as the council as well as historians and artists from around the city and county will be on hand to showcase their work and findings. Refreshments available to the attendees. Once the celebration is over, the museum will resume normal hours open Tuesday through Fri from 10-5, and Saturday 10-3. We are excited to see the wonderful exhibits on display, as well as excited to see Douglasville and Douglas County’s history come alive! We will be there to cover the event and hope that you will join us!