The White County Historical Society was chartered in 1965 with a 12 person Board of Directors. When the new courthouse was built White County leased the old building to the Society to begin a history museum. Monthly meetings with interesting programs are open to the public, as is membership in the Society. A monthly newsletter is published for members and the Society sponsors several special events throughout the year including “Pottery Comes to Town”, Recognition of Veterans, hosting reunions for employees of past manufacturing companies in White County, providing a fieldtrip to a historic place in the county annually and participating in events hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and the Art and Soul of the Northeast Georgia Mountains.
The White County History Museum is located in the old courthouse on the Cleveland square and is home to White County Historical Society. The building was completed by a local contractor using local labor and handmade bricks in 1859. It was utilized by the White County government until 1962 when a new, modern courthouse was completed just south of the square.
In addition to the old courthouse museum, White County has many other historical sites. Around the Cleveland square there are several buildings that date back to the early 1900s. A brochure available at the museum provides a history of the square and is titled “A Look at Historic Downtown Cleveland, Georgia”.
The old courthouse provides a room specifically for recognition of past military involvement in all wars and conflicts. The collection includes items used in the War Between the States, World War I and World War II, as well as artifacts and uniforms from the Revolutionary War to Iraq and Afghanistan.