...Indian mounds, Georgia Music Hall of Fame musicians like Little Richard and Brenda Lee, great athletes like baseball's Hank Aaron and boxing's Evander Holyfield in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, good Southern food and friendly people are waiting to host you just an hour south of Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport in Macon, Georgia. When planning your trips to our neighbor Savannah, Disney World or anywhere in the American South, be sure to include time for Macon, Georgia!
934 Georgia Avenue
In the mid-1800s, William Butler Johnston was the keeper of the Confederate treasury, but the mansion he built is the real treasure he left behind. Inspired by the palazzos of Florence and Rome during a three-year honeymoon in Europe, Johnston and his wife, Anne, spent four years building an 18,000-square-foot Italian Renaissance Revival mansion that is now a National Historic Landmark.
Considered the most advanced antebellum building in America for its style, craftsmanship and technological innovations, the magnificent seven-level Hay House has been featured on A&E's "America's Castles". It boasts beautiful 18th-Century furnishings, Italian Carerra marble fireplaces, some of the country's finest examples of marbleized and trompe l'oeil finishes, a music room with a 30-foot clerestory ceiling, exquisite plaster work with 24-karat gold leafing and spectacular stained glass.
The mansion is called the Hay House for its last owners and residents, the P.L. Hay family, who conveyed the property in 1977 to The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the country's largest statewide non-profit preservation organization.
Grand Opera House
651 Mulberry St
Built in 1884, the Grand features one of the largest stages in the South. The Grand has seen stars such as Will Rodgers, Sarah Bernhardt, Houdini and more. Still active with theatre events. Admission Charged. A performing Arts Center of Mercer University.