Top 5 Most Haunted Places in Macon
Macon is rich with historical homes and interesting characters from the past. Along with all that history comes the occasional ghost or two. Here is our list for the Most Haunted Places in Macon.
1. Bennett House (ca. 1902)
990 Georgia Avenue
A 15,000 sq. ft. Classic Revival home, located on the corner of Georgia Avenue and Nesbitt Place, was once owned by Macon attorney Mansfield Pliny (pronounced “plen-ee”) Hall and his wife Mamie. It has been said that Mamie loved to move around, but Pliny was against another move. Pliny promised Mamie that if they had to move once more, he would stop practicing law. Pliny was drained of continually re-establishing his law clientele in every new town they resided in. Once again Mamie got her wish and Pliny quit his practice. “Uncle Pliny, as he is affectionately known continues to make his presence known in the house, around 2am in the morning, to this very day. The spirits in the Bennett House are “very friendly and no one has ever been frightened.”
2. Grand Opera House (ca. 1884)
651 Mulberry Street
Over a century ago, thousands of residents were drawn to the playhouse, as it became the center for theatrical and musical productions. Major acts like the world famous escape artist Harry Houdini, performed there regularly. In 1967, plans to demolish The Grand and replace it with a parking lot were in the works. Fortunately, supporters of The Grand refused to allow the parking lot and it was restored and re-opened in 1970 and became the first building in Macon to appear on the National Register of Historic Places. Shortly after its re-opening, the managing director, Randy Widener, was found dead from an apparent suicide 80 feet above the stage in September 1971. Many claim that apparitions float across the stage late at night, and can be attributed to Randy Widner.
3. Fort Hawkins (ca. 1806)
Corner of Emery Highway and Maynard Street
Built by President Thomas Jefferson’s administration, Ft. Hawkins overlooks what is now the Ocmulgee National Monument. Located on a 100-acre reserve, the fort presented the way for the settlers who came in 1818. Though Ft. Hawkins primary function was protection, it also served as accommodations for ammunition. It has been reported that a soldier, dating back from 200 years ago still stands guard over Macon at the Fort. This soldier has been seen several times on top of the watchtower looking toward the city of Macon, as if he was still on watch.
4. Hardeman-Mayer Building (ca. 1840)
(Lawrence Mayer Florist - 608 Mulberry Street)
Merchandise falling from secure displays, doors opening and closing at will and bells jingling mysteriously on their own are just a few of the unusual activities at the beautifully restored Lawrence Mayer Florist building downtown. Pharmacist G. Payne had built and owned the building in the 1840’s. Payne’s Apothecary filled most of the prescriptions for Macon’s residents who were under the care of the city’s local physicians. One prominent physician, Dr. Ambrose Baber wrote a prescription for one of his patients to be filled at Payne’s Apothecary. Pharmacist Payne received the prescription from Dr. Baber’s patient and detecting an error, refused to fill the compound. When Dr. Baber heard that the Pharmacist would imply that his prescription was in err, he became enraged and rushed to the pharmacy and confronted the pharmacist. After the prescription was discarded as a miscalculation, Dr. Baber went behind the counter and filled the prescription himself. The doctor then drank the compound himself to prove that there was no error. The doctor then made an effort to loosen his coat and vest, then fell dead to the floor.
5. The Big House (ca. 1900)
2321 Vineville Avenue
The most recent claim to fame of this beautiful three-story English Tudor home would be its now famous museum, memorializing the home’s one-time-residents the Allman Brothers Band. Past owners, Kirk and Kirsten West encountered many strange experiences. From the smell of Cinnamon Rolls Baking to Kirk and Kirsten’s dogs running up the staircase after distinct shadows, many peculiar experiences have arose in this beautiful home now turned museum. The first of many strange encounters began with Kirsten. She was involved in a run of many unexplained accidents while walking up and down the stairs, which at one point left her bed-ridden for three months. After speaking with its former residents, Kirsten is sure that something had happened on the staircase. Kirsten pointed out that the portion of the stairs where the accidents occurred, had different styled spindles on the railing and did not match the original constructed staircase. Kirsten and many others, claim to trip or feel as if they have been pushed from the stairs.
If you want to know more about the Ghosts Of Macon, check out this book by Mary Irby.