Exploring Macon, GA: Part 2

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Our second day in Macon, GA took us to the Hay House.  The Hay House, also known as the Johnston-Felton-Hay House, was built in the 1850s.  The architectural style of this house is the Italian Renaissance Revival which was outside the norm given the time period as many home during the antebellum period were built in the Greek Revival style.  While I adore a Greek Revival antebellum home, I was drawn to the Hay House because it was so different for it's time period...don't you agree?
 This 18,000 square foot mansion is a dreamboat!
 Our tour started in the lower level of the house.  The gift shop and ticket purchase is in the lower level along with rooms to tour with reader panels and artifacts.  Now off to the main level of the house!

 I love pocket doors!  I like how pocket doors have a special hiding place (being pushed into the walls) for when the rooms are being used but then can be closed (as seen above) to show their beauty.

 The Hay House was lived in (as a family residence) from the 1860 to the 1960s.  The house was given to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation in 1977.
 The stained glass window (that opens) is the four seasons.
Closer view.
 The entryway!

 Always look up when you tour a historic home!

 Our tour guide pointed out that something unusual about this room is that the chandelier hangs from the sky light.
Ready for the next level?  The third level has partly been restored.  However, we were able to tour all of the third level.  It was really interesting to see the process of restoring such a grand mansion and also getting to see the completed works.

 Steps leading to the Nanny Suite.
 LOVE this bed!

 This room is awaiting restoration.
Room currently being restored.
Our tour ended where it began in the lower level of the house with our tour guide showing us the family's speaker-tube system.
In addition to the speaker-tube system (seen above) the Hay House had running water (hot/cold), central heat, a pretty extensive ventilation system, gas lighting, and an in-house kitchen.  One of these things alone would have made this house impressive for its time period but to have all these great features made the Hay House one of a kind.
 Side view of this beautiful 'Palace of the South'

After leaving this beautiful place, we travelled to Juliette, GA to eat at The Whistle Stop Café.  I grew up watching the film Fried Green Tomatoes.  My Daddy and I still quote different lines from this film often so it was a given that being this close to Juliette we would definitely stop by for some fried green tomatoes.
 This little 'town' consist of 1 road which when we were there was lined with cars and motorcycles.  The wait time for us to get a table on the café was about 30 minutes so we decided that instead of going through the little shops that lined the street that we would walk around and take in the scenery.  Half way into our walk, it started raining.  We finished our wait time sitting on the porch of the café listening to live music, smelling the rain, and seeing the train pass through Whistle Stop.

 Two trains came through when we were walking around the 'town'.

 I love going to a restaurant and beverages being served out of mason jars!

The best fried green tomatoes I have ever eaten.

Macon, GA is a great place to explore.  I'm looking forward to exploring more of Georgia in the near future.  Any recommendations for places to visit/explore in Georgia?

Happy Travels,

Exploring Macon, Georgia: Part 1

Friday, June 29, 2018

We decided that we needed one last overnight trip before it became so hot all we wanted to do was sleep in a freezer until the end of September.  So while it was already hot and we were sweating giant raindrops off our faces, we hit the road for a 2 day exploration of Macon, Georgia.  We've been on a kick lately of exploring Georgia because there is just so much to see (thank you Georgia Welcome Center for all the helpful pamphlets).  Our trip started with wanting to tour the Hay House and I built our itinerary around that site.  Warning:  Photo overload (you're welcome!).

Ocmulgee National Monument was our first stop of the day and once we found a nice shady place to park, we headed straight for the visitor center.  The visitor center holds the gift shop, the museum, and the rangers desk.  We talked with the rangers, got our site map, put 3 new stamps in my National Park book, checked out the gift shop then headed to the museum.  The museum is packed full of artifacts and information about this prehistoric Native American site. 

 A headpiece.

The Green Corn Ceremony was held every year during harvest (late summer).

After the museum, we decided to max out our Vitamin D intake for the day and walk the site (the majority of sites at Ocmulgee can be driven to).  Our first stop, after making this friend....
was to the ceremonial lodge.
 This earth lodge is the oldest ceremonial lodge in America.  We were able to venture inside for a look.

 When you enter the lodge there is a nice air conditioned room that you stand in and look through the glass at the ceremonial lodge.

We then walked to the Great Temple Mound mound and climbed the stairs walk onto the mound.  The Great Temple Mound is 55 feet high.  From the top of the mound we could see the funeral mound.  This area has been excavated and more than 100 burials were found in the funeral mound.

 Great Temple Mound

 View from the top of the Great Temple Mound.
The funeral mound as seen from atop the Great Temple Mound.  Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, GA is a great place to visit as it is packed full of history from 10,000 BCE (before common era) to the early 1700s.

Since we had had a somewhat big breakfast, we grabbed a snack & water that we had packed and off we went to our next destination, the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, GA (located right beside the Robins Air Force Base)
 B-52.  When we arrived at the B-52 we actually met a gentleman who was the Crew Chief of a B52 during the Vietnam War.
 The tail of the B-52 housing 4x.50 caliber machine guns.

 A retired Air Force One.
 Ready to go inside?  & by inside I mean one 3 story museum and 2 hangars full of planes and artifacts.  Let's go!


SR-71 Blackbird.  This beauty flew from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. in 1 hour and 4 minutes and 19 seconds!  The average speed of that trip was 2,144 mph!

Mark 6 Nuclear Bomb.

We spent 3 1/2 hours exploring this massive museum and loved every minute of it.  Between the coolness of the planes and the history behind them, the Museum of Aviation gets all the cool points!

Happy Travels,