Top 5 Macon Urban Legends Debunked Part 2

Urban legends are incredible stories which have a tantalizing bit of plausibility to them. Urban legends contain many folkloric elements and they spread quickly through a community or society.  They are true stories that have happened to real people, although they may in fact be in fictional form.  Here is our second installment of Top 5 Urban Legends of Macon debunked.

1.  a private club is located on the second floor of grant's lounge


From the beginning, Grant’s Lounge was more than just another night club. The first floor of this modest establishment is where Southern Rock was conceived and became internationally known as the place to go to be discovered as a music artist.  Before Grant’s put emphasis on live entertainment, the little lounge in downtown Macon has been rumored to house a hidden club on the second floor that was accessible only if you knew the password.  


2.  the allman brothers band was responsible for Jimmy Carter's Presidency


Jimmy Carter, the peanut farmer turned Georgia Governor, had been elected the 39th President of the United States, the first President to take any active interest in the music business.   Carter, throughout his campaigning, connected himself with the rock industry more than any other potential candidate.  Carter’s core connection with the rock world was through Phil Walden, head of Capricorn Records and who at one time managed the Allman Brothers Band.  Carter stopped off at recording sessions with Dickie Betts in Macon, played host to Southern rock bands in the governor's mansion, and attended Capricorn's annual outdoor barbecue.  Throughout his year of campaigning, a number of Capricorn acts played benefit concerts to raise money for Carter's campaign and Carter, in turn, would introduced the Allman Brothers on stage.

3.  during prohibition, hart's mortuary served as a front for bootlegging moonshine


Although, Mr. Hart owned Montpelier Springs, the 5,000 acre elegant estate, situated on the remaining school grounds of Montpelier Female Institute; Georgia’s second oldest school for females.  Before Montpelier was procured for the school, it was for a long time a favorite rural resort for respite; consisting of 14 pure water natural springs.  With its valuable woodlands and numerous unfailing springs, Montpelier Springs and its backwoods were clearly a fitting location for stills because in 1983 The Macon Telegraph reported that lawmen and ATF Agents blew up several, long-standing and in-operable stills located on the outskirts of the property.

4.  a time capsule is buried under len berg's


A record of Len Berg’s past and present could be subject to inspection by future generations of Maconites should they remove the cornerstone of the restaurant’s building.  In 1954 Len Berg’s owner, Art Barry, prepared an envelope containing copies of Len Berg’s menus, their famous recipes and restaurant history.  During a special ceremony, Mayor Lewis B. Wilson placed the envelope in a cornerstone of the restaurant’s new building foundation; located in the alley behind the Post Office.

5.  The Nancy Hanks, One of the C of G Railway Passenger Trains, was Named After Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln


The Central of Georgia Railroad named the passenger train in the honor of one of the most famous racing horses ever, Nancy Hanks.  "The Nancy", as it was affectionately known, was an all-coach, reserved-seat train with grill lounge service. It left Savannah daily at 7 AM for the six-hour run via Macon to Atlanta, and returned from Atlanta's Terminal Station at 6 PM. The train made stops in Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah daily, with intermediate stops in rural towns in Georgia. The train was retired in 1979.



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