Remembering Cotton Harrison's Camp

Located off Zebulon Road on Whittle Road, Cotton Harrison’s Camp was started in 1948 when Mercer University athletic coach Cotton Harrison founded his camp on the outskirts of Macon.  Cotton Harrison's was a camp for boys and girls aged 6-14 years that offered them an "enjoyable and beneficial camping experience that offers recreational good times, opportunities to learn and develop new skills and educational experiences and social adjustment through group living."

Among the camp's 200 acres boasted a spring fed, three-acre lake with a sandy bottom where many children learned to swim.  Structured camp activities kept campers busy daily and the camp staff offered campers personal, individualized attention.  

Cotton Harrison’s camp ran in 3 sets of 2 week sessions. You could stay 2, 4, or 6 weeks. There were always lots of activities; from putt putt to Jr. NRA Marksmanship, Trail & ring horse riding, baseball, tennis, horseshoes, swimming, fishing, arts & crafts, archery, badminton, arrowhead hunting, capture the flag, ghost stories and much more. 

Campers could choose from a host of activities including horseback riding, archery, riflery, swimming, golf, tennis, nature studies, and arts and crafts. We fished, played horseshoes, badminton, and capture the flag. And there was always all sorts of night-time activities after supper; hikes, shopping at the "country store," stunt nights, games and square dancing.

Cotton and his family lived in the main lodge that doubled as the dining hall for campers and staff. There were four boy’s cabins where kids were housed according to their age and two girls cabins, one larger than the rest, sleeping up to twenty.

Cotton Harrison’s camp was popular among Macon families and flourished until it closed in the 1970’s. 

posted 04/29/2019 in Community


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