Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Macon

We've been wanting to go on a short day trip, just to get out of the city for a day and explore a nearby place so this past Sunday we made the short drive down to Macon to check out their historic downtown. Armed with maps and walking tours, and brochures galore, we arrived to find the city desolate and every establishment closed. Not to be defeated, and with good weather on our side, we checked out a few of the historic buildings (even though we couldn't go in!) and of course took PLENTY of photos ;) We abandoned our 'walking tour' and decided to drive around and see what there was to see. We did find a pretty neat park, and even though there were no humans nearby, we had the company of a few hundred birds, which was pretty magical. from there, we checked out the historic Rose Hill Cemetery, and it made our day!

The cemetery stretches for 50+ acres and joins with two others, creating endless browsing of centuries old grave sites with some really beautiful markers and statuaries. There's a great Web site which does an awesome job of documenting the cemetery here. We took a couple hundred photos and wandered the grounds, finding a very special area down in a valley which contained a little creek and a few gravesites built into the side of the hill there. There was even a staircase down to the river.

>> This monument intrigued us, especially since people had filled her hand with coins and there were candles on her grave, but we figured it wasn't likely it was the attention of living relatives since the 12-year-old girl buried there died way back in 1896. We looked it up, and turns out she inspired an Allman Brothers song (they're from Macon). Pretty cool right? You can read about it here.

All in all, we had a fun time and made a great find in Macon! You can see photos from our trip here.

1 comment:

leena said...

that park does sound magical!