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One favorite Macon attraction is the Georgia Music Hall of Fame , located on Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard. Georgia’s significant musical influence is evident here, with members including Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers Band, Otis Redding, Little Richard, Gladys Knight, James Brown, Lena Horne, and many others. Opened in 1996, the 12,000-foot exhibit hall features a virtual Tune Town that recreates a Georgia village at dusk. Displays include photographs, instruments, and memorabilia, as well as an interactive children’s wing.
The Hay House, a registered National Historic Landmark on Georgia Avenue, is another must-see. Built in the mid-1800s, the Italian Renaissance Revival home belonged to the keeper of the Confederate Treasury, William Butler Johnston. Tour the interior to see the impressive period furnishings, stained glass, trompe l’oeil wall paintings, and Carrara marble.
Another antebellum mansion to see is The Cannonball House & Civil War Museum. Built in 1853, this Greek revival style mansion was the only house in Macon damaged during the American Civil War when it was struck by a cannonball during a Federal attack in 1864.
The beautifully landscaped Rose Hill Cemetery on Riverside Drive comprises almost 70 acres along the Ocmulgee River. One of the oldest public cemeteries in the country, it boasts cypress trees and terraced hills. Notable residents include Georgia politicians, Confederate general, and two members of the Allman Brothers Band
The Sidney Lanier Cottage on High Street, where the famous poet was born, is now home to the Historic Macon Foundation. The 1842 Victorian cottage features period furnishings, and a display of the wedding gown of Mary Day, wife of Lanier.The Tubman African American Museum is named after Harriet Tubman, a former slave and conductor of the Underground Railroad. Dedicated to African American cultural heritage, the museum features cultural artifacts, African and folk art, and a mural depicting African-American culture in the area that covers three walls.
The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, on Cherry Street, is the country’s largest state sports museum. The 43,000 square feet state-of-the-art museum houses over 3,000 artifacts. From the old style ticket booths to the brick columns in the rotunda and special lighting, the museum invites visitors to experience the history of sports in Georgia with more than 14,000 square feet of high-energy exhibit space and a Hall of Fame corridor that honors the over 300 inductees including golf legend Bobby Jones, boxer Evander Holyfield, and baseball greats Ty Cobb, Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron.