Historic Macon

Historic Macon advocates for Macon’s historic and architectural heritage, facilitates preservation efforts in the community, and educates and inspires appreciation for our unique city.

Mission and History of Historic Macon 


Historic Macon’s mission is to revitalize our community by preserving architecture and sharing history. Our vision is to lead Middle Georgia as the premier preservation organization. Historic Macon: Imagine tomorrow’s lifestyle in yesterday’s places.


Historic Macon Foundation became the regional leader in historic preservation on July 31, 2003 with the merger of the Middle Georgia Historical Society and the Macon Heritage Foundation. The merged organization inherits the missions and activities of both constituent groups. Since 1964, we have been the region’s historical society of note.

The goal of the merger was to create a stronger, more efficient and effective voice for historic preservation in Middle Georgia. We educate the greater Macon community about its history and historic preservation; preserve and restore historic buildings, sites and neighborhoods; and maintain and promote the Sidney Lanier Cottage House Museum, built in 1840 and birthplace of the noted poet, musician, and soldier Sidney Lanier (1842-1881).

The bricks and mortar activities of the Macon Heritage Foundation will be pursued through continued efforts in neighborhood and downtown revitalization. The educational mission of the two founding organizations will merge and promote such programs as the Oral History Project, Backroads Rambles, lectures, and trips.

The Sidney Lanier Cottage, located at 935 High Street and open for public visitation Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m.­–4 p.m., is a featured stop on the InTown Historic Tour through the Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Cottage is also the perfect setting for Sidney’s Salons, poetry readings, and other educational programs. During your visit, be sure to visit the backyard garden and Side Porch Gift Shop.

Visit Historic Macon to learn more.