The Historic Newborn Schoolhouse
In Memory of Wayne Sams
Wayne meant so much to so many folks in Newborn! He served on our Town Council, the Tree Board, and helped with the restoration of our Historic Schoolhouse after retiring from a long career as an electrician with the State of Georgia.
Wayne Sams, a lifelong Newborn Character, passed on January 22, 2022. His family has requested that donations in Wayne's memory may be made to the Newborn Area Heritage Trust, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission it is to preserve the Schoolhouse.
If you'd like to contribute, please click the donate button below.
This historic building on Hwy 142 dates back to 1924, and replaces the original Newborn High School, which was housed in the former Palmyra Institute building. It was an active school until the mid 1950's. After years of standing empty, then used as a community center, there were much needed repairs. In 2009 the roof was declared unsafe and the expense was beyond anyone's pocket. Several generous individuals stepped forward with donations and bequests, particularly the Guy Jones Memorial Fund and the Jeanette Adams Zeigler Charitable Remainder Trust! The town of Newborn now owns the school and rents the facility out for community and private events. A non profit, the Newborn Area Heritage Trust, Inc, helps maintain it and hosts community events throughout the year.
See upcoming events at this Historic Schoolhouse here!
Interesting in renting the facility for your next event? Rental information here.
Want to learn more about the Schoolhouse and its predecessor, the Palmyra Institute? Buy the Newborn Book at Town Hall!