Discover the Troup County Historical Society and Archives in LaGrange Georgia
It features a genealogical library and records depository that documents the history of LaGrange and Troup County.
History - The Troup County Historical Society is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to promoting a greater appreciation of Troup County's heritage.
The Troup County Historical Society was founded in April, 1972, as the Ocfuskee Historical Society. The name changed in 1981. The purpose of the Troup County Historical Society is "to increase and diffuse knowledge and a greater appreciation of sites, structures, events, personalities, and all other things which pertain to the development of Troup County, Georgia, and to acquire, hold, improve, preserve, develop and restore sites, buildings, and residences or other structures of historic and architectural interest, to promote tours, establish educational institutions and museums, to foster archeological research, mark Indian trails and to prepare and sell publications."
The Troup County Historical Society meets periodically and publishes a quarterly newsletter. The Society is an Affiliate Chapter of the Georgia Historical Society.
Holdings include Troup County government and court records, City of LaGrange records, and files of Troup County Education. Both records management and archival services are provided to the local governments. Typical records under the Archives care include 1828 Superior Court cases, 1930s school records, non-current court and office files, and tax digests dating back to 1893. Guidelines from the Georgia Department of Archives and History are used to determine how long and in what form records are to be kept.
Manuscript collections include letters, dairies, church records, photographs, and books and pamphlets relating to Troup County and West Georgia. Family plantation records, Civil War diaries, files of local photographers during the 1930s and 1940s, and club records can be found here. We welcome additional donations.
The genealogy and local history library contains books relating to Troup County, Georgia, and most southeastern states. LaGrange city directories, high scholl yearbooks, industry publications, and family Bibles are a few of the items found. Census microfilm for all of Georgia is available for 1970 to 1920. LaGrange newspapers, dating back to 1868, are stored on microfilm. Family histories, both published volumes and unpublished manuscripts, are collected and available to researchers. (No original documents or books are circulated outside the Archives; however, photocopies can usually be obtained.)
A major upcoming project is the Troup County History Museum. We are in the VERY early planning stages for the museum which we expect to be located somewhere in downtown LaGrange, Georgia. Major topics of focus will be our Creek Indian heritage, the influence of textile mills and the Callaway Family, the Civil War and the Nancy Harts, Horace King and his sons (a former slave turned covered bridge builder), and the influence of education on area development (especially looking at LaGrange College, Southern Female College and Brownwood Institute, and later the public schools). We plan to use museum theater and have an interactive area to involve both children and adults. The museum should be open sometime in the next five or so years.
Open Hours & Amenities
Monday through Friday at 9 am - 5 pm, and first and third Saturdays of each month at 10 am - 4 pm. Restrooms, Accessibility for mobility-impaired. Free admission and parking.