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Tucker’s Barbecue, 1947, Macon

One of Macon’s oldest restaurants, Tucker’s Barbecue was established at this location on Broadway in 1947.

Originally a drive-in, it saw its busiest days when Broadway was the prime industrial area of Macon, supporting several factories. Though this stretch of Broadway is now one of the most desolate areas in town, Tucker’s hangs on and still serves its original recipe of chopped pork marinated in a vinegary sauce. It has its loyal fans and detractors alike, but its very survival says they owners are doing something right.

The old sign is an amazing survivor itself, and is a popular stop for photographers visiting Macon.

 

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Cowles-Bond-Woodruff House, 1836-1840, Macon

Elam Alexander began construction on this house on Coleman Hill in 1836, for Jerry Cowles, the financier who brought the railroad from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Macon and who served as president of the Ocmulgee Bank. The house took on its present monumental appearance with the addition of the colonnade in 1840. Financial woes led Cowles to New York during the 1840s and the house was purchased by Joseph Bond, one of Georgia’s most prominent cotton growers. Bond’s time in the house was short, however, as he was killed by a neighboring plantation owner in a dispute over slave.

In 1865, the estate served as the headquarters of Union Brigadier General James H. Wilson during his occupation of the city. In 1879, James T. Coleman purchased the property and the surrounding area became known as Coleman Hill.

The Oriental/Moorish gazebo, built during the Victorian era, is one of Macon’s most popular photo subjects.

Beginning in 1960, the house served as the segregationist Stratford Academy for a time [now an inclusive institution located elsewhere] and was later gifted to Mercer University by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. It remains one of Macon’s most enduring landmarks.

Macon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Mercer University School of Law, 1956, Macon

Located atop Coleman Hill and overlooking downtown Macon, the Mercer University School of Law is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Built in 1956 and originally named in honor of Senator Walter F. George, it was modeled after Independence Hall. The school was founded in 1873 and is one of the oldest law schools in the United States, as well as the first in Georgia accredited by the American Bar Association.

 

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Ralston-Schofield House, Circa 1831, Macon

Expanded from eight to nineteen rooms over its long history, this charming house was built by James A. Ralston circa 1831. Ralston was the owner of Raltson Hall, one of Macon’s most popular 19th century entertainment venues. The house was sold to A. O. Schofield, founder of Schofield Iron Works, in 1890. It has been subdivided into apartments but maintains its historic exterior appearance today.

Macon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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T. C. Burke House, 1887, Macon

Built by Macon’s “Merchant Prince”, T. C. Burke, this opulent home is known today as the Burke Mansion, a bed and breakfast. It is considered the finest Queen Anne in Macon and a nationally important example of the style.

Macon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Goddard-Scott-Huff-Johnston House, Circa 1838, Macon

Built by James Goddard, a Massachusetts native, this massive Greek Revival landmark was later owned by prominent Macon banker and Macon & Western Railroad president Isaac Scott. W. A. Huff bought it for $14,285 in gold in 1866, and after changing hands several times, it was purchased by William McEwen Johnston in 1893. Originally built as a half-house with just four columns, the house was expanded for Johnston by architect Peter Dennis to accommodate colonnades on three sides. Beginning in 1976, Harris and Wynell Bedgood spent many years restoring and maintaining the historic integrity of the house.

Macon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Eclectic House, 1905, Macon

This house is a good example of the transitional Victorian and Eclectic styles common in the first decade of the 20th century.

Macon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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