In 2011, a group of concerned business owners and citizens of Eatonton and Putnam County, Georgia gathered to brainstorm ways to showcase the county's assets and create destination venues for visitors as a driver for economic growth. Lake Country Arts is an outgrowth of that effort. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit chartered to create arts related venues and attractions to enhance the economy and quality of life of the area.
The Georgia Writers Museum , a 501(c)3, non-profit, is the first initiative created by Lake Country Arts. Its focus is to create a center for literary arts in Georgia's historic heartland by celebrating the State's rich literary heritage, promoting and advancing current Georgia writers through events, continuing skills development classes and workshops, book signings and other activities, and inspiring future writers through programs developed as out of school activities and curriculum, as well as for adults.
The Museum opened in a temporary location at 109 S. Jefferson Avenue in downtown Eatonton on April, 2014, with plans to relocate to the historic Eatonton Hotel once funds are raised for renovations. In the current space, programs and activities have been conducted in the permanent exhibits area featuring local Georgia Hall of Fame inductees, Alice Walker, Joel Chandler Harris and Flannery O'Connor. It also boasts materials celebrating other Hall of Fame inductees which were donated by the University of Georgia.
The future site will occupy three floors to house permanent exhibits honoring the three famous local area authors, rotating temporary exhibits, conference and meeting space, a gift shop, book store, offices and a cafe.
GWM is pursuing grants and donations to renovate the building and to furnish and procure exhibit materials and memorabilia.