Macon, Georgia, is full of charm and after a little bit of exploring, you too will discover the appeal and desirability of this city. Here are a few famous landmarks to visit to learn the history behind Macon and the progress the city has made while preserving its past.
This fort was used by the U.S. government as a military command headquarters from 1806 to 1824. General Andrew Jackson also used this as a staging area for the Battle of New Orleans in 1814-1815. Renovations have been made on the fort throughout the years and you can climb to the top of it. There is also a new visitors center with an array of artifacts to view.
Ocmulgee National Monument
Near Fort Hawkins is a Native American 702-acre park that includes eight flat-topped earthen ceremonial and burial mounds as well as an earth lodge to explore. Included is the Great Temple Mound, which measures 55 feet in height.
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
If sports are your passion, the largest state sports hall of fame in the country is located right here in Macon. This 43,000 square foot museum showcases the history of prep, college, amateur and professional sports in Georgia.
Museum of Arts and Sciences
Spend an afternoon at this museum which focuses on both art and science. Browse the classic and modern or view one of the museum’s ever-changing exhibitions in one of its four galleries. Located in the museum and included in the admission, is the Mark Smith Planetarium which has exhibitions and events as well as movies to educate about astronomy. The museum also has a small zoo with live exotic animals.
Rose Hill Cemetery
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this beautiful cemetery is said to be a “must” for visiting. This cemetery has a section for confederate soldiers as well as many famous locals who are buried here. If you have any interest in The Allman Brothers Band, bassist Berry Oakley and leader Duane Allman are both buried here. This cemetery was one in which the band reportedly hung out at and wrote much of their music. Stop by the front office before exploring as they will give you a map to help you find points of interest.
Macon Walking Tour
Macon offers a self-guided walking tour of the historic downtown area which will take you to each of the historic monuments and buildings.
Macon has many wonderful places to visit. If you are moving to this wonderful, Southern city be sure to visit each of these to feel like a local.
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