Last updated: 1/31/2012
Winder, Georgia
Street Address
94 E Athens Street
Winder, GA 30680
Mailing Address
Post Office Box 277
Winder, GA 30680
Hours
Monday - Friday1 PM - 4 PM
Saturday10 AM - 1 PM
Admissions
Free
Services
Gift Shop
Staff
Beth Barton, Trustee/Life Member
phone: 770-868-7573
Description

The old Barrow County jail now serves as the headquarters of the Barrow County Historical Society and Museum. Visitors to the Museum will discover interesting tidbits of the county history effectively displayed. Located behind the original Barrow County Courthouse.

History

The Barrow County Historical Society and Museum is housed in the old Barrow County jail, built in 1916 and located on West Athens Street directly behind the original courthouse. It was renovated and opened as a museum in 1993. More renovations and improvements were made in 2008. The architecture is unique and you will enjoy seeing every nook and corner in this very interesting and extraordinary building. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Museum features the original "hanging tower," three original jail cells, as well as hundreds of artifacts donated by citizens and friends of Barrow County. It is truly a place to discover your past.

Artifact Collections

The Richard B. Russell Exhibit honors the senator from Winder who served 38 years in the United States Senate. Pick up a brochure about "Nodoroc" and the tale of a strange animal called "the wog." Read the legend Ballad of Barrow and learn about the creation of the county. You can see the last two bales of cotton grown and ginned in Barrow County, a sculpture done by Marian Sanford in 1939 for the post office, photographs and uniforms of World Wars I and II, an old barber chair, a corn sheller and an extensive display of early tools, pictures and memorabilia of our early schools and churches.

  • Research Collections

    A reading and research room is located on the second floor and holds archives of the Winder News dating back to the county's creation in 1914.

    Library

    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

    Appointment required: No

    ADA

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Services

    Gift Shop

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