Macon is known as the place “Where Soul Lives”, because of its musical heritage, and as the “Heart of Georgia”, due to its proximity to the geographic center of the state. Spared by Sherman on his March to the Sea, Macon has persevered since to become a charming southern town that celebrates a diverse history filled with culture, legendary music, natural beauty and renowned food.
Macon’s Civil War memories are found in the form of 14 historic districts, home to over 6,000 historic homes and buildings that include the Hay House, the Cannonball House, and the Sidney Lanier Cottage.
African American history comes alive at the Tubman Museum, the largest museum in the nation dedicated to preserving and sharing the art, history and culture of African Americans.
Don’t miss: The Tubman Museum’s International Taste of Soul on Aug. 27.
American Indians’ history in Macon is most visible in the Ocmulgee National Monument. This prehistoric site has witnessed occupancy by several different cultures like the Mississippians, who built massive earthen temple mounds there around 900 CE.
Don’t miss: The Ocmulgee Indian Celebration on Sept. 16 & 17.
If you are interested in musical history, Macon natives Otis Redding and The Allman Brothers are a couple of acts that made this region a hotbed of talent. Visit the Otis Redding Mini-Museum to learn more about the “King of Soul”, and The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House, dedicated to these founders of Southern Rock.
Macon’s original designers envisioned it as “a city in a park”, a nod to the area’s beautiful natural surroundings. From lovely Lake Tobesofkee, to the hauntingly beautiful Rose Hill Cemetery, you will enjoy exploring all of the unique sights that this city has to offer.
Lunch | H&H Soul Food
Enjoy meat and threes and southern specialties. The menu is full of tempting fare like Fried Green Tomatoes, Country Fried Steak and Brunswick Stew, to name just a few. Daily specials available as well.
Hours: Lunch Hours: Tues-Fri 11am – 3pm | 807 Forsyth Street, Macon, GA 31201 | 478.621.7044 | http://www.handhsoulfood.com/
Dinner | Fish N’ Pig
Come for the food, but stay for the view! At Fish N’ Pig, choose from a huge variety of fresh seafood (even alligator!), hickory smoked BBQ, Low Country Boil and more in the Dining Room, Tiki Bar or covered deck as you look out on beautiful Lake Tobesofkee.
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 4:30 – 9pm | Friday & Saturday 4:30 – 10pm | 6420 Moseley Dixon Road, on Lake Tobesofkee in Macon | 478.476.8837 | http://www.fishnpig.com/
Bed & Breakfast | The 1842 Inn
This beautiful Greek revival antebellum house consists of 19 guest rooms, hospitality parlors, and wraparound porches for relaxing. Rooms are elegantly designed with antiques, paintings and Oriental carpets. Enjoy complimentary breakfast in-room, in the parlor or the courtyard, and a Hospitality Hour each evening.
353 College Street, Macon, GA 31201 | 877.452.6599 | http://www.1842inn.com/
Links for more information
MaconGA.org – The Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau Website