Macon Attractions Featured as Key Stops Along Georgia’s Trail of Legacy & Lore

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Thursday, May 16th, 2024

Macon, Georgia, in partnership with six other destination marketing organizations in this culturally-rich region of Georgia, today unveiled Georgia’s Trail of Legacy & Lore. The new self-guided tourism trail spans more than 90 miles in Georgia with immersive attractions that reflect the best of the cultural arts, architecture and heritage in Macon, as well as Athens, Oconee County, Madison, Eatonton, Milledgeville, and Gray-old Clinton. 

Georgia’s Trail of Legacy & Lore tells the stories of history, events and unique architectural, literary, musical, design, and artistic endeavors of periods ranging from the earliest indigenous communities to Georgia’s iconic music scenes of the nineteen seventies and eighties. From the early frontier days and the Civil War to the Civil Rights era, the unforgettable stories and traditions of this region of Georgia connect visitors to the past and are brought to life all along Georgia’s Trail of Legacy & Lore. 

The new tourism trail website,, includes an interactive map to guide visitors along this 90 mile route, provides profiles of top cultural heritage attractions in each community, and includes themed itinerary ideas to suit a wide range of interests. 

“We’re thrilled that Macon is a part of the newly launched Georgia’s Trail of Legacy & Lore, allowing us to spotlight our unique cultural landmarks focusing on arts, architecture and heritage,” said Gary Wheat, executive director & CEO of Visit Macon. “It’s an amazing opportunity to showcase beloved local sites, while also collaborating with neighboring communities to raise awareness about Georgia’s rich history and expand perceptions of its evolving destinations.”

Straddling the Fall Line and the Ocmulgee River, Macon has seen 17,000 of continuous human history beginning with the earliest indigenous settlers. Since the 1830’s, Macon has been home to one of the largest railyards seeing over 10,000 railcars per week. It is a key transportation hub and at the intersection of two highways connecting the world’s largest airport and the Nation’s 3rd largest port, leading to deep historical roots of the industrial era and black heritage. As the Birthplace of Southern Rock, hometown of musical legends like Otis Redding and Little Richard and the location of historic Capricorn Records, its music heritage is even more vast. From architecture to museums and renowned music venues, a few notable sites along Georgia’s Trail of Legacy & Lore in Macon include:

  • Capricorn Records
  • The Allman Brothers Museum at The Big House

  • Otis Redding Museum

  • H&H Restaurant

  • The Bell House/Robert McDuffie Center for Strings

  • Hay House

  • St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

  • Woodruff House

  • Macon City Auditorium

  • Mercer University (Historic Quad & Mercer Law)

  • Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

  • Cannonball House

  • Tubman Museum

  • Rose Hill Cemetery

  • And, Visit Macon’s own “Soul Sights Van Tours” 

Full information on Macon attractions as well as those in other communities along Georgia’s Trail of Legacy & Lore is available at

Now open for visitors and locals alike to explore, Georgia’s Trail of Legacy & Lore is a collaborative effort to ignite community and regional pride, inspire learning, increase awareness and enlightenment, broaden perspectives and promote preservation, all while creating memorable moments along the way. From early millennial civilizations through the 1970s and 1980s southern and indie rock movements, from pre-Civil War through Civil Rights, Georgia’s Trail of Legacy & Lore is centered on the unique cultural arts, architecture and heritage that can only be experienced here.