Macon, the fourth largest city in Georgia, developed on the fall line of the Ocmulgee River at the site of early 19th-century encampment Fort Benjamin Hawkins, in the near-center of the state. At one time, textile mills dotted the riverbanks, and Macon emerged as a vigorous transportation hub following the Civil War. Sherman spared Macon on his march to the sea, so numerous historic homes, churches and commercial buildings remain in the hilly downtown area (designed to be a "city within a park"), rendering it especially photogenic. Macon has a rich musical heritage—think Otis Redding, Little Richard, the Allman Brothers Band—and so many beautiful churches that it feels like there's one for each resident.
Luther Williams Field in Macon, Ga.
Luther Williams Field in Macon, Ga. was featured in the film "Trouble with the Curve." Credit: Norman Bielowicz
Today, the Cox Capitol Theatre offers a variety of programming, from movies to concerts. Credit: Woody Marshall
The Grand Opera House in Macon is one of the state's most beautiful performing arts venues.
Music lovers of all ages gather for Macon's Second Sunday Brunch in Washington Park. Credit: Mary Ann Bates
Dirty Guvnahs performs at the annual summer music festival Bragg Jam in Macon. Credit: William Haun
Locals and visitors alike learn about Macon's amazing music history on a Rock Candy walking tour.
Macon, Georgia, pays tribute to native artist Otis Redding with a life-size statue. Credit: Mary Ann Bates
The Wall of Fame at Grant's Lounge is filled with memorabilia from the venue's music history.
Enter the gate at the Allman Brothers Band Museum in Macon to experience 40-plus years of memorabilia and music.
In Macon, "Mama Louise" Hudson's cooking is a favorite of the Allman Brothers Band. Credit: Ken Krakow
Duane Allman and Berry Oakley of the Allman Brothers Band are buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia. Credit: Mary Ann Bates
Classical pianist Louise Barfield is known for her parlor concerts in her historic Macon home, which has become a concert hall.
Rock Candy Tours in Macon, Georgia, includes a stop at H&H restaurant, a favorite of the Allman Brothers Band.
Many legends of Southern rock played Grant's Lounge during its heydey.
Vintage instruments, costumes, photographs and more are among the historic artifacts on display at the Allman Brothers Band Museum.
Inspired by this statue in Rose Hill Cemetery, the Allman Brothers Band penned the song "Little Martha." Credit: Kelly Sullivan Joyner
Macon, Georgia's Second Sunday brunch draws crowds to its free concert.
Andy Hull performs at the Bragg Jam Music & Arts Festival in Macon, Georgia. Credit: William Haun
Little Tybee performs at Bragg Jam in Macon, Georgia. Credit: Kristin Kohanna
The iconic photograph taken by the late Jim Marshall graces the cover of the seminal "Live at Fillmore East" album. Credit: Jim Marshall
He began singing in church, but "Little Richard" Penniman later became known as a master of boogie-woogie and R&B.
A star of the soul music genre, Otis Redding was born in Dawson, Georgia.
Jason Aldean is a country music fan favorite, topping the charts and selling out venues across the country.
The Macon community came together to restore the Douglass Theatre to its place as a premier entertainment venue.
Jazz greats were frequently on stage at the Douglass Theatre in Macon during its heyday.
In the 1950s, Macon's Douglass Theatre hosted a teen talent show called "The Teenage Party."
In Macon, the Tubman Museum presents exhibitions, events and more that explore African-American history.
Performers present a drum show at the Pan African Festival presented by the Tubman Museum in Macon, Georgia.
Named for opera singer Jessye Norman, the Amphitheatre is located at Riverwalk Augusta.
Conductor Ward Stare with the esteemed Macon Symphony Orchestra, a Middle Georgia cultural treasure since 1976. Credit: Steve Schroeder
Little Carnegie of the South delivers the joy of parlor concerts and conversation in one of Macon's grandest historic homes.
In addition to Little Carnegie parlor concerts, Louise Barfield presents concerts outdoors in Carnegie Out Back.
Gifted classical pianist Louise Barfield hosts national and regional performers in concert at Little Carnegie of the South in Macon.
The Capitol Theater, home base for Macon's 9th Annual Film Festival Credit: reelga.com