Top 5 Hidden In Plain Sight - Part 3
Macon has amazing little secrets tucked away just out of sight of normal passersby, from the awe-inspiring view of the city from the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds to the hidden artifacts that were saved from the wrecking ball. Natives of Macon drive by these locales every day without realizing it, and some of the most fascinating hidden things in Macon are the things you don't necessarily see.
1. The Original Macon Pig 'n Whistle Sign
The owner of Satterfield’s BBQ, John McCord, received a call from a woman whose grandmother had passed away. The caller knew McCord collected "pig" memorabilia and called to let him know they were having a yard sale and that there was an old pig sign found in the grandmother's back yard. Not knowing the sign she was speaking of was the original sign from the Macon Pig ‘n Whistle, the caller said that the sign would be on sale at a yard sale if he was interested. McCord was interested in purchasing the sign, however he forgot about the yard sale and did not attend. A few days later, the woman called saying, "The Pig sign did not sell" and if he wanted it, he could have it for $20. McCord and a friend immediately took a truck to pick up the Pig sign and it was later installed in the back lot of Satterfield’s on New Street.
2. The Stockade
This county owned building located next to the Macon-Bibb Parks and Recreation department was a stockade (jail) in the 1880's. Once the prison system outgrew the facility, the structure was converted into the Public Works Department and then later added the the department of Sanitation and Waste Disposal in the 1970's. In 1974, the building was dedicated to Robert E. Bass who was the former director of City Sanitation for Macon.
3. Gregg and Cher's Macon Residence
Constructed in the late 1960's, the home on Long Ridge Place was built as a fund raiser for the capital campaign to save the Grand Theater (Grand Opera House) on Mulberry Street. There had been plans to tear down the Grand Theater and a group of prominent Maconites, headed by the late Val Sheridan came together to raise money to save The Grand. The Long Ridge Place home was built on donations; from the architect who designed it to the materials used. Upon completion, the home was auctioned off to the highest bidder. Tens of thousands of dollars were raised and applied to saving The Grand. Gregg and Cher lived in this home shortly after their marriage in 1975.
4. The Honey Bear Restaurant
The Honey Bear, a down home cooking restaurant in the early 90's was owned by Dorothy Freeman, better known as Miss Dot. Many customers today would tell you "Walking in to this establishment was a throw back to the 60's." Lining the the wall of her restaurant was a sign that displayed The three B's. B nice, B good, or B gone. And, Miss Dot charged $4.79 if you wanted to share your food. However, Miss Dott always would serve patrons plenty of food so much so you didn't need to share.
5. Cannon on Riverside Drive
Located on Riverside Drive in the Riverside Plaza Shopping Center is a cannon (the cannon sits directly in front of the Bank of America) that was placed there to celebrate the grand opening of The Citizens and Southern National Bank. The cannon and its barrel are replicas that was built by the late Tommy Mitchell who constructed it of steel. Then Mayor, Ronnie Thompson marked the occasion by lighting and firing the cannon for the bank's dedication. The cannon was placed in front of the bank to accentuate the "Williamsburg" styled architecture and facade design of the newly built C&S branch.