The DeKalb Historical Society (DHS) established in 1947, is the only organization dedicated to keeping the history of DeKalb County, Georgia through preservation, education and documentation. DHS is one of the largest county-based historical societies in Georgia with a membership of over 1,200. In 2003, DHS expanded its role as a community resource by establishing the DeKalb History Center.
Housed in the Old Courthouse on the Square, the DeKalb History Center consists of the Society, the McCurdy Family Research Center and the Jim Cherry Museum. The History Center also maintains the Historic Complex located on West Trinity Place in Decatur that includes three antebellum structures: the Benjamin Swanton House, the Biffle Cabin and the Barber Cabin. The Old Courthouse serves as a popular event facility.
The Old Courthouse on The Square is The Place for your next special event.Old Courthouse is the perfect venue for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, fund-raisers, bar/bat mitzvahs, reunions, meetings and more.The neo-classic features of the Old Superior Courtroom with its elegant marble interior, terrazzo floors, and Palladian windows is complemented by the intimate setting of the Harrison Room and can accommodate groups of 50 to 250. Your guests will feel like they have stepped back in time once they enter the Lobby of the grand Old Courthouse!