Newnan was established as county seat of Coweta County in 1828 and was named for North Carolinian General Daniel Newnan. It quickly became a prosperous magnet for lawyers, doctors, other professionals, and merchants.
Newnan was largely untouched by the Civil War due to its status as a hospital city and as a result still features much antebellum architecture. Celebrated architect Kennon Perry designed many of the town's 20th century homes.
The city is home to one of the few Georgia counties with a museum that focuses mainly on African American history. The Coweta County African American Heritage Museum and Research Center. Which sits on Farmer Street on an old, unmarked, slave cemetery; the largest slave cemetery in the south an possible in the nation.
Today Newnan is still a cultural icon of Georgia and is called home by over 33,000 residents.