Rich Histories, Unique Museums

Coffee County offers attractions for history buffs as well. The World War II Flight Training Museum is housed in barracks used by the 63rd Army Air Forces Contract Pilot School and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can explore the barracks and other rooms containing the story of the 63rd and its training. Exhibits describe bomber and fighter aircraft utilized in the war; bailout, survival and evasion gear; and pilot, bombardier and navigator equipment. The exhibits conclude with a look at issues on the Home Front, including the roles of women. The historic campus of the 63rd Army Air Forces Contract Pilot School includes 10 buildings and two airplane hangars. The museum also offers a smart phone walking tour.

Originally built in 1905 by the Wadley and Mt. Vernon Railroad, the old Georgia and Florida Railroad Depot is now the location of the Heritage Station Museum. The museum highlights Douglas’ connection with the railroad industry through the years and includes a unique collections of train memorabilia. The museum also has a portion dedicated to the history of Douglas and includes period clothing, early farming and business artifacts, and more.

The Ashley-Slater House (c. 1914) is an Italianate mansion and local architectural treasure, is designated as the offices for the City of Douglas Public Information Department, Douglas Visitor Information Center, and Main Street.  Enter the historic property for travel information about Douglas and Coffee County as well as attractions, things to do and see throughout the state of Georgia.

For more information on visiting Douglas visit their website here.