March is Women's History Month and embedded in Macon's rich history are women who have helped shape the city and world.

Not only is Macon the birthplace of several notable women, it is the home of the first institution in the world to grant degrees to women: Wesleyan College.

Wesleyan College
Chartered in 1836 as a collective effort of Macon citizens and the Georgia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Wesleyan, a private liberal arts women's college, is respected worldwide for its diligent work graduating women who make history. Originally named Georgia Female College, Wesleyan continues to foster an environment where women can learn, create and develop. It is no surprise that Wesleyan is First for Women.

Did you know?

Wesleyan is also the birthplace of the world's oldest alumnae association and first female fraternities, Alpha Delta Pi and Phi Mu.

Alpha Delta Phi
Alpha Delta Pi was founded as the first women's sorority at Macon's Wesleyan College in 1851. It was first named Adelphean Society and focused on fellowship and scholarship, service and sisterhood. These principles still guide the sorority today. Currently, there are 151 chapters with more than 220,000 collegiate members.

Phi Mu
Known as the second oldest female fraternal organization in the United States, Philomathean Society was also first chartered at Wesleyan College in 1852. Today, Phi Mu has 122 collegiate chapters and more than 150,000 initiated sisters.

Landmarks to experience Wesleyan College History:

• The Henry McNeal Turner post office (main post office on College Street) - the original site of Wesleyan College
• The Cannonball House - holds the parlors where the Adelphean and Philomathean Societies gathered

To learn more about Wesleyan "Firsts" click here.


Writer: India Turner, Macon-Bibb County CVB Marketing Intern