Spots on the Trail:

  • Douglas County Museum of History & Art

    In 1958, when the government offices were moved to a new location, the old Douglas County Courthouse structure was set for demolition. Wanting to keep the history alive, the Douglas County History Commission successfully saved the Old Courthouse structure to be solely used as a museum. This museum now houses extensive collections of local historical artifacts and art. Along with saving the old Douglas County Courthouse, the Commission was also successful in getting the structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of the few remaining examples of the International Style of architecture in the United States.

    12431 Veterans Memorial Hwy. Douglasville,

    GA 30135

  • Chapel Hill Courthouse/Middle Courthouse

    Chapel Hill Courthouse and Middle Courthouse are the only two remaining structures of their kind in Douglas County. These buildings were not “courthouses” in the traditional sense, yet they served various community needs such as polling places for outlying communities, as well as gathering places for social events.

    Chapel Hill Rd.

    Douglasville, GA 30135

  • New Manchester Manufacturing Company

    Sweetwater Creek was used as a power source by the New Manchester Mill workers. Open from 1849 to 1864, New Manchester Mill was one of the most modern structures in the region at the time of creation. This textile cotton mill factory was five stories tall and housed machinery with large belts and pulleys. During the Civil War, Union troops burned the structure to deny the Confederacy access to the area and to the goods manufactured there. Once the mill property became part of the state park, trails were forged and designed to lead hikers to the photogenic ruins. This site is often recognized from the popular “Hunger Games” films.

    1750 Mt. Vernon Rd.

    Lithia Springs, GA 3012

  • Simpson & Daughters Mortuary

    The mortuary is at the site of the old Hutcheson High School building. Constructed in 1936, the building served as the only African American school in Douglas County until 1957. The original high school auditorium remains inside the building.

    Hutcheson High School Site

    6787 James D. Simpson Ave.

    Douglasville, GA 30134

  • Basket Creek Cemetery

    With mounds of red clay marking the burial spots in this cemetery, this 123-year-old graveyard is like no other in Georgia. The cemetery has a swept yard with no grass or vegetation. Twice a year, Basket Creek Baptist Church members rebuild the burial mounds — a rooted practice from West Africa.

    Basket Creek Baptist Church

    7289 Capps Ferry Rd.

    Douglasville, GA 30135

  • Vansant Cemetery

    The Vansant family settled in what was known as ‘Skint Chestnut’ (now Douglasville) in 1850. Brothers Young and Reuben were prominent in the establishment of the City of Douglasville. The brothers were given 40 acres that became downtown. They and their wives are buried in the cemetery.

    Corner of Cedar Mountain Rd. & West

    Strickland St.

    Douglasville, GA 30134

  • Pine Mountain Gold Museum

    Pine Mountain Gold Museum is on the site of one of the first known gold mining operations in the United States – circa 1826. An interactive museum tells the story of mining in the area through the early 1900s. Besides the museum, visitors can see actual mining sites, hike nature trails, and pan for gold. Pine Mountain Gold Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was awarded the Southern Arc’s Best of 2008 “Best Tourist Attraction” and the Carroll County 2009 Preservation Award.

    Stockmar Park

    1881 Stockmar Rd.

    Villa Rica, GA 30180

  • Cultural Arts Center

    Built in 1901, this structure was originally the Roberts-Mozley House. Before it became the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County in 1986, this structure was home to three Douglasville mayors and a state senator. The two-story, columned Greek Revival-style home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    8652 Campbellton St.

    Douglasville, GA 30134

  • Clinton Nature Preserve and The Carnes Cabin

    The Carnes family moved to the area as one of the earliest settlers, and their original 1820s cabin remains. A family descendant – Annie Carnes Clinton – donated the property to Douglas County for use as a nature preserve. Many of the original furnishings are on display at the Douglas County Museum of History and Art.

    8720 Ephesus Church Rd.

    Villa Rica, GA 30180

For info on other attractions and lodging in Douglas County, contact Contact Douglas County Travel & Tourism at: or visit Or call us: 678-741-5356