Macon Walking Tours
Macon, Georgia has preserved many of its early downtown commercial buildings, many dating from the late 19th century. On the hill above downtown is the historic residential neighborhood called InTown. Along the east bank of the Ocmulgee River is the Riverwalk.
Cotton was brought to Macon along Cotton Avenue and then warehoused in Macon. It was transported by steamboat down the Ocmulgee River to the Georgia coast. As the railroads expanded, they also carried cotton to other markets.
Riverside Drive was originally named Wharf Street. Walnut Street was the original site for many of Macon’s early residences.
Mulberry Street still features the Bibb County Courthouse and Federal Building as well as the Grand Opera House, originally the Academy of Music. Macon’s first public library and several churches are also located along Mulberry Street.
Cherry Street has always been the retail center of Macon’s historic downtown. At the foot of the street is the beautiful Terminal Station flanked by the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the Tubman African American Museum. Restaurants, banks, retail stores and a repertory theater now occupy many of the buildings.
Poplar Street, with its spacious median, featured hotels and many cotton brokers’ offices. Today these late 19th century buildings have been converted to professional offices and loft apartments.
We hope you will enjoy your walking tour of historic downtown Macon and spend some time in our beautiful city.