December 1, 2011

Cottage Christmas Tomorrow!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Don't miss the sweetest tradition in Macon!

Cottage Christmas & Bake Sale
Sidney Lanier Cottage, 935 High St.
Tomorrow, December 2
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- FREE admission to the Cottage
- Baked goods for sale
- FREE refreshments
- SALE at the Side Porch Gift Shop

All baked goods are homemade and donated by friends and supporters of Historic Macon and the Sidney Lanier Cottage. We will have everything from casseroles and breads to a variety of cakes, cookies and candy! Be sure to stop by and join us.

November 21, 2011

Historic Macon Neighborhood Tree Nursery

Monday, November 21, 2011

Historic Macon's tree nursery has a few trees that are ready to be transplanted! Thanks to a grant from the Knight Neighborhood Challenge and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, Historic Macon planted a nursery to grow shade trees in Beall's Hill about a year and a half ago. Now, the first trees are mature and ready to find new homes.

If you live in College Hill (map) and would like to reserve a shade tree, please click here to fill out the online form. Trees will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Trees may be delivered to your front yard, bagged for free or planted for $100. There is a limit of two trees per property until everyone has had a chance to reserve a tree. The trees will be delivered/planted on November 28.

Varietals available this year: Red Maple, Pin Oak, Elm, Sycamore, Willow Oak, Southern Magnolia and Yellow Poplar

Questions? Call 478.742.5084 or email

November 16, 2011

Rose Hill Clean-Up Saturday

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Put on your work gloves and meet us at Rose Hill Cemetery for a clean-up day this Saturday, November 19. We will meet at 10 a.m. sharp at the main gate of the cemetery. Bags will be provided for litter pick-up. We hope to see you there! Bring clippers or rakes if you have any.

November 8, 2011

Upcoming Events

Good morning, readers! Historic Macon has several great upcoming events. Read more details below or on our website. We look forward to seeing you!

Tonight, November 8: Sidney's Salons presents "Stories & Artifacts: Macon's Contributions in a Time of War" by Conie Mac Darnell
Sidney Lanier Cottage, 5:30 p.m.
The Lanier Center for Literary Arts continues "Civil War to Civil Rights: A History Seeks its People" tonight with Conie Mac Darnell, who will be discussing stories collected for his latest project, a Civil War and emancipation era guide called "Walking Back to Georgia." Darnell was president of NewTown Macon from 1999 to 2004. He wrote a short history of Macon for the "Macon Sketchbook." Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. prior to the program at 6:00 p.m. Free for members, $5 nonmembers, $3 students.

Saturday, November 12: Flea Market Second Sale
Northeast Plaza Shopping Center (Rose's), 9 a.m. to noon
Don't miss Historic Macon's flea market second sale! All items will be half-price. Located in the Northeast Plaza Shopping Center, a few doors down from Rose's Discount Store and right next to the police precinct. All proceeds benefit Historic Macon.

Sunday, November 13: Second Annual Architectural Styles Society Meeting
155 Oak Haven Ave., 5:00 p.m.
Join Historic Macon for the Second Annual Meeting of the Architectural Styles Society. This year's featured style is the Arts & Crafts Style, as exhibited by Neel Reed's 1909 commission at 155 Oak Haven Ave. The home has recently undergone an extensive rehabilitation by Macon architect Shannon Fickling. The home and grounds will be open for tours. Advance ticketing is required. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased online here or by calling 478.742.5084. Whole-hog roast by award-winning champion barbecue cooking team D.W.'s Kountry Cookers, grilled fall vegetables, beer and wine included. All proceeds benefit Historic Macon.

Monday, November 14: Special Salon with Dr. Peter Addyman
Sidney Lanier Cottage, 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Peter Addyman, CBE, will present a special lecture on British archaeology. Addyman is one of the world’s foremost archaeologists and was founder and director of the York Archaeological Trust. Join Historic Macon for a reception and lecture honoring Addyman. Free and open to the public.

October 21, 2011

Mercer House Move in the News

13WMAZ featured the Mercer house move. Click above or here to check it out.

October 14, 2011

Flea Market this Weekend!

Don't miss the chance to find hidden treasure at Historic Macon's 34th Annual Flea Market this weekend! Great deals and wonderful items are sure to be combined with a fun atmosphere. The flea market features thousands of great items donated by the community and will be open to the public tomorrow October 15 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The members-only preview party will take place tonight, October 14. Tickets are $25, and nonmembers can join at the door to attend. Call (478) 742-5084  or click here for more information.

Flea Market Location
Northeast Plaza Shopping Center, a few doors down from Rose's Discount Store and right next to the police precinct
668 Shurling Dr. Macon, GA 31211 (map)

Dates and Times
Members-Only Preview Party, Oct. 14, 6 to 9 p.m. ($25 per ticket, nonmembers can join at the door)
Flea Market, Oct. 15, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

October 11, 2011

Flea Market on the News!

Historic Macon's 34th Annual Flea Market was featured on 13 WMAZ this morning! Click on the clip below or here to watch the video. We hope to see you this Saturday at the flea market!

Mercer House Move Postponed Until Further Notice

The relocation of the Coleman Avenue homes has been postponed until further notice because of the availability of specialized equipment being shipped from out of state. Keep checking here or on our website, Facebook and Twitter for updates!

October 4, 2011

Mercer House Move Rescheduled for Oct. 15–16

The relocation of three historic homes on Coleman Avenue  has been rescheduled for October 15–16. View the full article and click here for photos. We will be sure to keep you updated!

September 30, 2011

For Sale - 1311 Ross St.

The beautiful 1311 Ross St. in Beall's Hill is for sale!

This home was featured at the recent ramble in Beall's Hill hosted by InTown Macon Neighborhood Association. View the flyer (below) for more information or click here.

View the slideshow below to see pictures of the house.

Contact the agent, Joe Adams, if you are interested in this home.

September 28, 2011

Three Historic Homes Moving as Part of College Hill Redevelopment Efforts

Click to view photos of the homes that will be moving

There will be a parade of homes around Tattnall Square Park in October, as three historic homes (pictured above) are relocated from Coleman Avenue to Oglethorpe Street to make room for Phase II of the Lofts at Mercer Village. All three homes are owned by Mercer University and will be restored and sold as part of Historic Macon’s neighborhood revitalization work in Beall’s Hill. The relocation is scheduled for Oct. 8, weather permitting.

The parade will take an impressive feat of coordination and engineering to move the homes, including the temporary relocation of power, cable and telephone lines, as well as the removal of two traffic signals and the construction of a temporary bridge over an existing railroad bridge on Oglethorpe Street that would not be able to withstand the weight of the homes that will be perched atop massive steel beams to for the move. The homes are currently located at 1658, 1674 and 1690 Coleman Ave. and will be relocated to 1035, 1065 and 1071 Oglethorpe St.

The houses will be restored and sold to homeowners. Historic preservation easements will be reserved to ensure that the homes are always owner-occupied preserved. The homes will be placed in the same order with the same distances from the street and between the houses to preserve their relationships with the street and each other.

The homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, were built as part of the planned development of the Huguenin Heights neighborhood. The homes have held the memories and lives of Maconites for more than a century. They will now be restored for a new generation of Maconites to care for, enjoy and pass down for the next generation.

Historic Macon welcomes you to watch the houses move! Don't miss out on the opportunity to witness something this exciting. Feel free to bring a picnic blanket to Tattnall Square Park to see the relocation in action (map below). We will be sure to keep you informed about the move! Check here on our blog or visit our website, Facebook or Twitter for up-to-date information.

To read this article in full with more details, click here.

Map of house move

View Mercer House Move in a larger map

Photos will be posted soon.

Article by Jennifer Mayer and Josh Rogers of Historic Macon and Mark Vanderhoek of Mercer University.

September 26, 2011

Beall's Hill Ramble Photos

Saturday's ramble in Beall's Hill hosted by InTown Macon Neighborhood Association was a great success! Thanks to all who attended. View the slideshow below or click here to see photos from the event.

Read more about Historic Macon's work in Beall's Hill here. The beautiful 1311 Ross St. pictured in the slideshow is for sale! Call us at (478) 742-5084 for more information.

September 22, 2011

Beall's Hill Ramble this Saturday!

Historic Macon Foundation will host an open house this Saturday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m. at 1311 Ross St. in conjunction with the Beall's Hill Ramble hosted by InTown Macon Neighborhood Association. Other new and rehabilitated historic homes (1212 and 1295 Ross St.) will be open for public tours at the hospitality of their owners. The event celebrates the revitalization of Beall's Hill.

The showing of the fully-staged home at the corner of Ash and Ross streets (1311 Ross St.) is sure to be a highlight of the event. The home was professionally staged by Historic Macon's Preservation Designer Carrie Cameron Robinson. Most of the furnishings as well as the house itself will be for sale at this event. It will be a wonderful opportunity to check out Beall's Hill and meet your potential new neighbors. We look forward to seeing you there! Click here to see a map of houses that will be shown.

Special thanks to the following partners for their help:
We look forward to seeing you in Beall's Hill this weekend!

September 19, 2011

34th Annual Flea Market - October 15

Good afternoon, readers!

Mark your calendars because Historic Macon's 34th Annual Flea Market is less than a month away! Don't miss your chance to find hidden treasure at the flea market. Great deals and wonderful items are sure to be combined with a fun atmosphere. The flea market will feature thousands of great items donated by the community and will be open to the public on Saturday, October 15 in Rose's Shopping Center at 668 Shurling Drive from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. All proceeds will support the historic preservation and neighborhood revitalization work of Historic Macon Foundation.

Have items you wish to donate? Drop them off at the back porch of the Sidney Lanier Cottage (935 High St.) anytime! Need some help getting your donation out of the house? Call (478) 742-5084 to arrange a time for us to pick up your items. If you are interested in volunteering, contact us for more information.

September 16, 2011

We have arrived!

Welcome to Historic Macon Foundation's new blog!

Historic Macon's vision is to lead Middle Georgia as the premier preservation organization. Our Mission is to advocate for Macon's historic and architectural heritage, to facilitate preservation efforts in our community, and to educate and inspire appreciation for our unique city.

This blog will be an interactive place where we will post updates covering not only Historic Macon and the city of Macon, but we also plan to write about historic preservation news and issues on a regional, national and international scale.

Be sure to check back for updates, and feel free to leave comments on the blog. Please send us an email if you have any story ideas.