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Learn the history of downtown Macon’s many alleys

SPECIAL TO THE TELEGRAPHLearn about Macon’s past alleys Friday during a “Story Stroll” of downtown alleys.
SPECIAL TO THE TELEGRAPHLearn about Macon’s past alleys Friday during a “Story Stroll” of downtown alleys.

As part of its mission to share the city’s past, the Historic Macon Foundation will host a “Story Stroll” of downtown alleys at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The walk will kick off at a storefront owned by Historic Macon at 551 Cherry St., next to the Rookery, where Wimberly Treadwell will give a PowerPoint presentation including before and after images of how downtown alleys have changed over the years, said Emily Hopkins, special events and marketing coordinator for Historic Macon.

“She will show how Macon’s alleyways have been used as social spaces in the past and how they can become that again in the future,” Hopkins said.

Treadwell, a landscape architect, designed the alleyway between the Rookery and the property at 551 Cherry St., Hopkins said.

After the presentation, the hour-long walking tour will begin and will include visits to Mulberry Street Lane, Cherry Street Lane and the intersection of alleys behind the new Lamar Lofts.

“Part of our mission is to interpret the history of Macon and get people excited about it,” Hopkins said. “We want people to walk those alleys, think about their history and see how integral they were to the urban fabric of downtown.”

Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Kim Campbell, kcampbell@historicmacon.org or 478-742-5084.

-- Laura Shirley

<b>“Story Stroll”</b>

When: 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14

Where: 551 Cherry St.

Cost: $10 Historic Macon members; $15 nonmembers

Information: 478-742-5084

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