Macon was founded in 1823 on the banks of the Ocmulgee River, growing out of the 1806 frontier Fort Hawkins. The fort was named for an Indian Scout sent to the area to set up trading, and the city was named for a beloved North Carolinian statesman. Prior to Fort Hawkins' establishment, the earliest European contact was in 1540 when Hernando DeSoto came through the area. North America's first Christian baptism was recorded when priests in DeSoto's band baptized two Indian boys in the Ocmulgee River near what is now Central City Park. However, Native Americans had inhabited the area for as many as 10,000 years before that as evidenced by the discovery of clovis points at the archaeologically significant Ocmulgee National Monument. Union General George Stoneman came close to Macon, but the city was defended three times before surrendering at the close of the Civil War, preserving its neighborhoods of classic Greek revival and Victorian style homes. Today, Macon is a city of diverse cultures, beautiful architecture, an exciting music heritage and thriving arts and educational opportunities.
|Mayor||Honorable Robert Reichert|
|Bibb County Commission||Chairman Sam Hart|
Macon - 97,255
Bibb County - 153,887
|Hotel Market||5,712 Hotel/Motel Rooms|
|Hotel-Motel Tax||13% Total (6% sales & 7% room tax) paid by hotel & motel guests within Macon & Bibb County|
Manufacturing, aeronautics, medical and tourism are the leading employers in Macon. Surrounding areas thrive on agriculture and Macon's State Farmers Market offers the best peaches, peanuts, pecans and vegetables in Middle Georgia.
Location & Transportation:
Macon is located 1.25 hours south of Atlanta at the crossroads of two major interstate highways, I-75 (north-south) and I-16 (east-west), making it easily accessible by car. Distance from some major cities:
|Savannah||180 miles or 333 kilometers|
|Nashville||336 miles or 537 kilometers|
|Orlando||380 miles or 608 kilometers|
|Miami||606 miles or 970 kilometers|
Middle Georgia Municipal Airport:
Located 10 miles from downtown Macon, this airport offers regular commuter flights to/from Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson Airport. A variety of rental car agencies, cab and limousine services are available to serve travelers.
Macon Downtown Airport:
Located about 5 miles from downtown Macon, this airport is designed to accommodate private planes and offers no commercial service.
Transportation to Atlanta/Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport:
Groome Transportation, located near I-75 and area hotels, offers hourly service daily to/from Hartsfield.