Top 5 Surprising Facts about Macon Part 4

Just when you think that you know everything about Macon, GA, a new surprise pops up!  Here is another list in our series of things you did not know about Macon, Ga. More Surprise Macon Facts part 4.


1.  Inventor of Coca- Cola attended school in Macon, Ga.

John Stith Pemberton, inventor of the world famous soft drink Coca-Cola, was born near Macon, Ga. In 1831. While Pemberton grew up and attend grade school in Rome, Georgia he eventually returned to Macon to study medicine and pharmacy at the Reform Medical College of Georgia.  Of course, we had to look that school up since no one on our staff had ever heard of, but sure enough Macon did have medical school under that name in the late 1800’s. Reform Medical College was organized in 1854 as the successor of the Southern Botanico-Medical College.  It seems Pemberton study a more obscure area of medicine related to herbal remedies and related elements needed to purge the body of unwanted toxins.  By the age 19 Pemberton was licensed to practice medicine and surgery in the State of Georgia.

2.  secret society roots in macon

The world’s first 2 secret societies for women where founded at Wesleyan College.  Those two secret societies’ became known as the sororities’ of Alpha Delta Pi and Phi Mu.  Founded on May 15, 1851, by Eugenia Tucker, Alpha Delta Pi is the oldest secret society for college women in the world.  Phi Mu was also founded at Wesleyan College in 1852 and is the second oldest sorority in the nation.  

3.  first recorded baptism in macon

In 1540, a Dominican preacher priest traveling with Hernando DeSoto, baptized two Indian boys named Mark and Paul in the Ocmulgee River in North America’s first recorded Christian baptism.  This was the first known Christian Baptism east of the Mississippi River.

4.  macon briefly was home to pete rose

Luther Williams Park baseball field, located as a centerpiece of Central City Park near downtown Macon is the second oldest municipal baseball park in the nation. The original covered grandstand is still in place. A black iron gate surrounds the field, the front of which says "Macon Base Ball Park." In the summer of 1962 Pete Rose, who would go on to become the Major League career hit leader, played for the Macon Peaches team in the South Atlantic League.

5.  macon city auditorium boasts copper dome

For centuries, copper roofing has adorned the most celebrated architectural masterpieces in Europe and the US, outlasting most other roofing materials.  Macon’s City Auditorium is known as the largest copper covered dome in the world. It was designed by New York architect Egerton Swartwout and built in1925. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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