Middle Georgia is full of a rich history that started thousands of years ago. Several places throughout the region invoke a feeling of nostalgia, and they are small treasures that are sometimes taken for granted.
Here is a list of the top 10 places in Middle Georgia that make you feel like you’ve stepped back hundreds of years in time.
1. Hay House
Walking through the heavily decorated rooms of the Hay House reminds you of a time when walls were canvases and wood was decoration. The beautiful, historical landmark was built in the late 1850s in the Italian Renaissance Revival Style, according to the Hay House website.
The Hay House offers tours starting at the top of every hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Prices are listed on their website.
2. Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park
The history at the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park is astounding. The park has seen over 17,000 years of continuous human habitation, according to its website.
The park is free and open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week.
3. The Big House
The musical history of Macon flows through the streets, the restaurants and even the houses, and The Big House shares an intimate part of The Allman Brothers Band members lives.
The Big House is where the band members and their family and friends lived between 1970 and 1973. The museum has displays of band memorabilia, according to its website.
4. Rose Hill Cemetery
The Rose Hill Cemetery is a place where locals and tourists go to remember the past.
Rose Hill Cemetery has been known for its beautiful view of the Ocmulgee River since its creation in 1840. The cemetery is having its annual Rose Hill Ramble tour on April 28 from 2-4 p.m for only $5.
5. H & H
The history of H & H Soul Food Restaurant is woven into the lives of The Allman Brothers Band members as well. Louise Hudson, also known as Mama Louise, founded the restaurant with Inez Hill in 1959, according to the restaurant’s website.
The Allman Brothers Band created a life long friendship with the two founders, and Mama Louise even went on tour with the band in 1972, according to the website.
The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch every day of the week, and their hours can be found on their website.
6. The Whistle Stop Cafe
Walking down McCrackin Street in Juliette takes you back to a time when The Whistle Stop Cafe was the store everyone in the town went to for their everyday needs.
The Whistle Stop Cafe had a long history before it became the restaurant from the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes.” The building was built in 1927 and used as a general merchandise store for 45 years, according to the website.
Tourists and locals enjoy the food at this popular spot in Middle Georgia.
7. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
For more than a hundred years, the spires at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church have decorated the Macon skyline. The church has more than 60 stained glass windows in addition to its beautiful architecture and its massive organ, according to its website.
The church’s office hours and contact information can be found on their website.
8. Fort Hawkins
Fort Hawkins, considered the birthplace of Macon, was established in 1806 by President Thomas Jefferson and Indian Agent Col. Benjamin Hawkins. It was built as a U.S. Army Fort and Indian Factory for trading with Native Americans, according to Explore Georgia’s website.
The fort is located at the corner of Emery Highway and Maynard Street across from the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park. It is open on the weekends.
9. The Grand Opera House
Today the Grand Opera House features some of the greatest musicians of our time and sells tickets for plays and musicals. To purchase tickets for a performance, visit their website to purchase tickets.
10. The Cannonball House
The Cannonball House received its name from damage sustained during the Civil War, according to its website. The house is dedicated to conserving and displaying Georgia artifacts from the antebellum period through the reconstruction era.
The house offers tours, and you can find hours and prices on its website.