30 Things You Need To Know About Macon Before You Move ThereWhen you think of Georgia, you probably think of Atlanta, but look 85 miles south and you'll find a gem in Macon.
1. Macon Is The Cherry Blossom Capital Of The World
Source: Wikimedia CommonsMore than 300,000 Yoshino Cherry Trees bloom in Macon for a brief couple of weeks in March every year, and the city celebrates with its annual International Cherry Blossom Festival. To say the town turns pink during this time would hardly be an exaggeration. Fountains are dyed pink, houses sport pink wreaths and ribbons, cars feature pink blossoms painted in their windows, and the trees themselves put on a show. The festival includes concerts, charity events and a fair at Central City Park.
2. The Allman Brothers Called Macon Home
Source: Wikimedia CommonsMacon has a great music history, and it spawned one of the greatest musical acts of all time, the Allman Brothers Band. The band called Macon home from 1970 to 1973, and their former house has been turned into an interactive museum called the Big House Museum to honor the band's legacy.
3. Our Musical Roots Are Deep
Source: Wikimedia CommonsFor those interested in the Allman Brothers' origins, Macon is also home to the former Capricorn Records, the music label that originally signed the band. Phil and Al Walden ran the company in Macon until it went bankrupt in 1979. Little Richard also has a history in Macon, and fans can visit the Tic Toc Room (now an upscale restaurant) where he used to perform in downtown Macon.
4. And We Still Rock Out
Source: Wikimedia CommonsMacon didn't just make great music in the '70s. On any given weekend, you can rock out to bands and play darts at The Hummingbird Stage and Taproom or bump and grind to the sound of local DJs at Envy Nightclub. Local music fans live for late summer, when the Big Bird Bash happens, a musical bar crawl where the price of admission allows the ticket holder to see bands across multiple stages in the city.
5. Macon Has No Trouble With The Curve
Source: Flickr user shakey1694Macon has taken off as a film location in the past few years. Both Clint Eastwood's "Trouble with the Curve" and the Jackie Robinson biopic "42" shot scenes in Macon's historic baseball field, located in Central City Park. More recently, the Aaron Paul flick "Need for Speed" shot some scenes in Macon.
6. And We Have A Cool Film Festival
Source: WikimediaMacon held its 9th annual film festival in February 2014. Each year, the festival screens independent films from around the world in historic theaters in downtown Macon. The weekend also includes celebrity guests and workshops.
7. We Have Mounds Of History To Build Upon
Source: WikimediaPeople have been calling Macon home long before Christopher Columbus discovered America. Ice Age hunters and the Muscogee (Creek) people inhabited Macon years ago. The major occupation was from 950 to 1100 A.D., and this was when the Muscogee Indians built the Great Temple Mound, a 55-foot earth structure that was the center of their village. Today, the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds are a national monument and provide great views of downtown Macon.
8. We're A Home To Feminine Firsts
Source: Wikimedia Commons-Wesleyan Graduates 1913Wesleyan College in Macon is the first chartered women's college in the world. It was started in 1836 as the Georgia Female College, and it still accepts students today. The sprawling campus in north Macon has historic buildings and green lawns and is open to the public.
9. We're Georgia's Smartest City
Source: Wikimedia CommonsMacon is growing in recognition as a college town, and with good reason. Wesleyan College, an all women's private school, is here along with Mercer University - a private Baptist institution - and Macon State University. Add in Central Georgia Technical College and you've got an impressive number of colleges and universities for a relatively small town. Don't worry, though. Cherry Street in downtown Macon is hardly ever completely overrun by drunk co-eds and can still be enjoyed on a relaxing night out.
10. Even Our Kids Are Well Educated
Source: Flickr User MarieMacon also has a wide range of educational opportunities for high school students. Bibb County (the county that contains Macon) has seven public high schools. There are an additional eight private high schools in Macon and five specialized schools, including the Georgia Academy for the Blind.
11. We're Home To The "Second-Best" Burgers In The World
Source: Flickr User chichachaMacon has some pretty great eateries, and Harrison Ford and the rest of the cast of "42" didn't stick to room service while they were here. Ford ate at The Rookery one night and described his burger to his waiter as the "second-best" burger he's ever had. Ask a local, and they'll tell you he's crazy; The Rookery has the best burgers in the world, bar none.
12. Lake Tobesofkee Is A Fisherman's Paradise
Source: Flickr User Chris LawrenceNature lovers can also take the short 15-minute drive to Lake Tobesofkee to bask in the sun, fish, or take a swim. The lake has beaches, boating areas and campgrounds. It's also accessible year round, and since Macon has a mild climate, it's almost never too cold for a trip.
13. It's In The Middle Of Everything
Source: flickr user anarchivistAlthough Macon has plenty to keep you around on the weekends, if you do have the urge to take a weekend trip elsewhere, it's easy to get away. Macon is on I-75 and I-16, which will take you north to Atlanta and southeast to Savannah, both great spots for a weekend getaway.
14. We're Not Too Big And Not Too Small. We're Just Right
Source: Flickr user Shakey1694As the fourth-largest city in Georgia, Macon has plenty to offer, but doesn't have the congestion and pollution that larger cities have. Traffic is never too bad, restaurants are never too crowded, and it's still a town where people will stop to talk on the street or wave from their cars.
15. It's More Greek Than You Might Have Guessed
Source: Wikimedia CommonsBoth Alpha Delta Pi and Phi Mu sororities were founded at Wesleyan College in Macon. Alpha Delta Pi, then known as the Adelphean Society, was formed in 1851, and the Philomathean Society, now called Phi Mu, was formed in 1852. Wesleyan no longer has sororities on campus, but Mercer University has chapters of Alpha Delta Pi and Phi Mu.
16. You Won't Have To Break The Bank To Move Here
Source: Flickr User 401(K) 2012In 2011, the average price of all housing units in Macon was $122,405, and the average rent was $708. Gas is also generally more affordable than in Atlanta, and it's easy to get a nice meal or a drink for under $10.
17. We're The Heart Of Georgia
Source: flickr user Ken LundMacon is located in Middle Georgia, almost exactly in the geographic center of Georgia. It is often referred to as the Heart of Georgia, both because of its location and its status as a major transportation hub. Macon is on Georgia's Fall Line, meaning it is situated where the mountains of North Georgia meet the flat plains of South Georgia.
18. We're Super Friendly And Everyone Knows It
Source: Wikimedia CommonsMap publisher Rand McNally recently published a list of the six best small towns in America, and Macon was chosen as a runner-up in the "Friendliest City" category, after Kewanee, Illinois.
19. You Won't Have To Buy Chains For Your Tires
Source: Wikimedia CommonsOn the downside, you probably won't get to enjoy a white Christmas in Macon. But you also won't be slugging through the ice and snow, either. Macon gets a whopping 1.4 inches of snow on average each year, and the average low for the year is 52 degrees.
20. You Can Spend Your Fall Saturdays Cheering On The Bears
Source: Wikimedia CommonsThe Mercer University Bears just restarted their football program after seventy years of hibernating. The Bears came out of the gate strong last fall; at 10-2 they had the best first season by a Division I team in NCAA history.
21. We Take Pride In Our Produce
Source: WikimediaFans of fresh food and homemade products can get their fill at the Mulberry Street Farmers' Market, held every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. on Mulberry Street in downtown Macon. The market is held year round and features local produce and organic meats and eggs.
22. We Showcase Our Southern Charm
Source: WikimediaThe Johnson-Felton Hay House, usually called the Hay House, is a National Historic Landmark. It was completed in 1859 and is built in the Italian Renaissance Revival style. Today, the house is open for tours and also available for special events and weddings.
23. Our Museum Would Be Historic Even If It Had Nothing In It
Source: Wikimedia CommonsThe Hay House is not the only piece of antebellum history alive in Macon. The Cannonball House is on the National Register of Historic Places. It got its name because a cannonball damaged it during the Battle of Dunlap Hill in 1864. Today, the house functions as a historic museum.
24. We Were Built Around A Cool Trading Site
Source: WikimediaFort Benjamin Hawkins is also on the National Register of Historic places. It was built between 1806 and 1810 in the Creek Nation under President Thomas Jefferson, and used until 1824. The fort created a trading site, and the city of Macon later formed because of the trade it created. It is well preserved today and open for visitation.
25. We Can Fry Chicken With The Best Of 'Em
Source: WikimediaMacon is in the Deep South, and any visit to the south wouldn't be complete without some traditional southern food. The best in Macon can be found at the Bears Den on Oglethorpe Street, a local eatery that serves up delicious blue-plate specials (meat and three veggies). The banana pudding is also to die for.
26. We've Got Our Eyes On A Higher Power
Source: WikimediaMacon is also in the Bible Belt, and there's a large religious scene. Forty-seven percent of Macon's population is affiliated with a religious congregation. Forty-six percent of those are Southern Bapstist, 23% are United Methodist, 23% are other and 8% are Catholic.
27. We're The Future Of Journalism
Source: Flickr User Yan Arief PurwantoMercer University built the Center for Collaborative Journalism a couple of years ago, and it has been heralded by The New York Times as an innovative project that could change the face of journalism. The Telegraph, Macon's daily paper, moved into the multimillion dollar center in 2012. Today, Mercer journalism students get hands-on experience with real journalists, both with the Telegraph and with Georgia Public Broadcasting radio.
28. You Should Try All 39 Sauces At Francar's
Source: Wikimedia CommonsFrancar's Buffalo Wings, owned and operated by Carl Fambro, has 39 homemade sauces to adorn its wings and chicken tenders. They range in heat from Level 1 (very mild) to Level 4 (extremely spicy and not for the faint of heart). There are classics like Buffalo and unique flavors like Tangy Peach and Exotic BBQ. The Mercer Gold, a mustard-based sauce, is not to be missed.
29. And Substitute Mozzarella For Parmesan On Your Breadsticks At Ingleside Pizza
Source: WikimediaIngleside Pizza, with locations in Mercer Village and Ingleside Avenue, has arguably the best pizza in town, but the real attraction is the breadsticks. They come plain and smothered (covered in garlic butter and grated Parmesan cheese). Knock your breadstick experience up a notch and ask to substitute mozzarella for Parmesan. You won't be sorry.
30. Go To Second Sunday Any Chance You Get
Source: Flickr User Fabio BrunaCollege Hill Corridor, one of Macon's neighborhood associations, puts on outdoor concerts in Washington Square Park on the second Sunday of each month from April to October. People bring their picnics, drinks and dogs and relax while enjoying each other's company and listening to the bands.
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