Newnan's History Celebrated in New Book

Top Quote W. Jeff Bishop chronicles the history of the "City of Homes" in a new pictorial history book. He is a writer and public historian and serves as the coordinator of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. This collection, from the archives of the historical society contains previously unpublished photographs that span nearly two centuries. End Quote
  • Atlanta, GA (1888PressRelease) September 25, 2014 - Attracting visitors and film crews from all over the country, Newnan is known for its wide range of architectural styles. The town's history has found its home in Arcadia Publishing's newest title, Newnan by author and long-time resident W. Jeff Bishop. From the publisher's iconic Images of America series, this book features over 200 vintage images of the town throughout its long and prosperous history.

    Many small towns in the South have been destroyed during war or were lost by industry and development, but Newnan retains much of its 19th-century charm and elegance, including more than a dozen restored antebellum homes and a recently restored 1904 courthouse on the downtown square. "This is the pictorial story, then, of Newnan's gradual evolution from backwater frontier town to a thriving metropolitan hub, and today's historical "City of Homes"", Bishop said.

    From its establishment in the 1820's to the present day, Newnan has remained a close community that has never lost sight of its origins and has worked hard to keep its history alive. "Newnan has a unique story to tell and its richly documented visual history lends itself well in this book," Bishop said.

    Join the author for a Book Signing
    When: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 6pm
    Where: Barnes & Noble, The Forum at Ashley Park
    342 Newnan Crossing Bypass, Newnan, GA 30265.

    Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

    Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America's people and places. Discover more than 8,500 small towns and downtowns at

    by W. Jeff Bishop
    Images of America Series
    Price: $21.99
    128 pages/ softcover
    Available: October 6, 2014.

    Author inquires contact:
    Crystal Murray
    843.853.2070 x216
    cmurray ( @ ) arcadiapublishing dot com
    Meet W. Jeff Bishop
    Author of Newnan.

    W. Jeff Bishop serves as the coordinator for the Newnan-Coweta Historic Society. Jeff grew up in Coweta County and worked for many years as a writer and editor for the Times-Herald newspaper. His articles on items of local historic interest appear regularly in Newnan-Coweta Magazine. He was selected by the Newnan Theatre Company to write a play to be performed at the Coweta County Courthouse in 2015 about the 1948 John Wallace trial, the basis of Margaret Anne Barnes' "Murder in Coweta County." He received his undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and this year he will complete his master's thesis in public history and museum studies at the University of West Georgia.

    He served as president of the Trail of Tears Association's Georgia chapter for seven years, as well as the executive committee for the national board. He co-authored an article in Southeastern Archaeology that re-examines the dating and history of the Chief John Ross House in Rossville, Georgia. He has also authored research reports for the National Park Service on the Chief John Ross House, the Cherokee Removal Forts, and the Running Waters council ground. His public history projects have included partnering with the National Park Service to develop wayside exhibits that interpret the Trail of Tears in Georgia and authoring a new Georgia Trail of Tears map and brochure, which are now available in welcome centers all over the nation. He lives in Newnan, GA with his wife and five children.

    What lasting impact do you hope your book will leave?

    "I hope it will serve as a lasting visual record of Newnan as it evolved through the 19th and 20th centuries."

    Crystal Murray
    843.853.2070 x216
    cmurray ( @ ) arcadiapublishing dot com.

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