macon is home to mercer university. mercer started as a boy's prep school in penfield georgia in 1833. mercer university is named after the promanent baptist leader jesse mercer. in 1871 mercer university moved to the city of macon. pictured is the walter f. george school of law. this building is a replica of independence hall in philadelphia. the mercer university campus is an interesting place to visit to see it's beautiful buildings. the main campus is located on coleman ave and the school of law is located on georgia ave near the hay house.
the judge asa holt house, also known as the cannonball house was built in 1853 in the greek revival style. the house became famous during the civil war when general george stoneman's troops fired a cannon at it. general stoneman commanded the army of ohio under general w.t. sherman in the seige of atlanta. after the atlanta campaign he moved on to macon and fired a shot at the asa holt house. later he was captured by confederate troops and became the highest ranking union prisoner during the civil war. stoneman later became the govenor of california between 1883 and 1887. the asa holt house is open to the public and has an interesting civil war museum.
Within a 10 square block area you can observe a wealth of different architectural styles and nicely restored buildings currently used for different purposes; retail, entertainment, museums, restaurants, etc.
Built around 1853, this house carries the odd name due to it being hit by a Union-fired cannonball during the Civil War. Behind the house there is a brick kitchen building. There are many Civil War era artifacts displayed.
$6.00 - adults
$5.00 - age 62+ and military with ID
$2.00 - students (college with ID)
Under 6 free.
The largest museum of African American items in the State includes African art, Folk art, Fine art, historical items, etc.
As of 2009 arrangements are being made to move from its present location to near the other Macon museums along MLK Blvd.
The Classical Revival structure was built in 1837 as the headquarters of the Monroe Railroad & Banking Co., before later serving as City Hall. During the American Civil War it was called into duty as a military hospital beginning in 1863. Its greatest notoriety came the next year, when Governor Joseph E. Brown, fleeing the Union army's advance into Milledgeville, moved the state capital to Macon and set up an office at City Hall, beginning November 18, 1864. The General Assembly met in the building the following February and March, the last legislative session under the Confederate States of America. The building ceased to serve as capitol on March 11, 1865.
An eternal flame burns in front of the main entrance on Poplar St.
Birthplace of noted poet, musician & soldier, Sidney Lanier (1842-1881), known for his poems "The Marshes of Glynn" and "Song of the Chattahoochee."
The Sidney Lanier Cottage House Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1976, the cottage was designated a Landmark of American Music, and in 2004, designated a Landmark of American Poetry by the Academy of American Poets.
$5 adults; $4 for seniors, $3 for youth, ages 6-18.
The Douglass Theatre was the premier movie theater and vaudeville hall open to African-American citizens in the city. In the '20's and 30's stars such as Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington filled The Douglass. In later years Otis Redding and Little Richard also performed here.
It closed its doors in 1972 after showcasing diverse entertainment for more than fifty-two years.
It was then restored and reopened on January 11, 1997. It now hosts all kinds of shows, concerts, and events.
18,000 sq. ft. mansion built between 1855-59 in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, a marked contrast to the more restrained Greek Revival architecture of the antebellum period. Only2 different families have lived in this house since it was constructed.
Tours are given Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and start of the hour.
Seniors (Ages 55+) and Military with ID: $7
Unique remnants of a highly structured Indian settlement with more than half dozen earth mounds. It is estimated that people lived here as far back as 1000 BCE. The Earthlodge was recreated, although the clay floor is original. It is the only one in the country that you can actually enter. The Greater Mound is over 55 ft high and its base measures 300 by 270 ft!
There are several walking trails and a picnic area.
The park is open every day except December 25 and January 1 from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is free.
Georgia has contributed greatly to American music in all its genres, and all the greats are represented at this interactive music hall of fame.
Just a few of Georgia's musical talents:
Ray Charles, Johnny Mercer, Otis Redding, Little Richard, Gladys Knight, Allman Brothers, Trisha Yearwood, Ludachris, alan Jackson, TLC.
The museum is divided into different sections made to resemble buildings in a small Georgia town and each one focuses on a separate musical genre.
Seniors & Military/College students with ID: $6
AAA members with card: $7
Children (4 - 16): $3.50
Children three and under: Free
the georgia sports hall of fame honors georgia's famous athletes. the hall of fame has exhibits about georgia football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, swimming sports heros. the following is sampling of the hall of fame inductees, ty cobb, hank aaron, jackie robinson, bobby jones, doug sanders, nancy lopez, dan reeves, fran tarkenton, herschel walker, and many more. for those interested in sports the georgia hall of fame is worth visiting.
the georgia music hall of fame is a museum that celebrates georgia's famous popular musicians. some of the many exhibits include the lives and history of little richard, james brown, otis redding, the allman brothers, B 52's and REM. for those interested in rock and soul music the georgia music hall of fame is worth visiting.
the ocmulgee national monument preserves a record of 12,000 years of human history near downtown macon. the most impressive mounds of ocmulgee date back to between 900 and 1200AD. mississippi valley native americans built temple, domiciliary, and burial mounds in the ocmulgee complex. later in the 1600 and 1700's creek indians inhabited this area. the ocmulgee is one of the most significant native american archeological sites in the southeastern united states.
macon city hall was originally built in 1837. during the civil war it was converted into a hospital. in 1864 the macon city hall was the temporary state capital of georgia. this beautiful neo classical building is one of downtown macon's historic landmarks.