Bibb County Georgia
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Bibb County, Georgia
||December 9, 1822
||Macon and Payne City
||250 square miles
||The county, the 54th county
formed, was named for Dr. William Wyatt Bibb. Dr. Bibb lived in Elbert County,
and served in the U.S. House of Representatives in the U.S. Senate. He was
appointed governor of the Territory of Alabama in 1816 and became the first
elected governor of that state.
Macon was incorporated in 1823 and
named after Senator Nathaniel Macon of North Carolina - the home state of most
of the early white settlers in the area. Macon's City Hall served as the
temporary state capitol from November 1864 to March 1865.
Macon is home
to Wesleyan College, founded in 1836 as the Georgia Female College, the first
college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women.
In Macon there
are 11 National Register Historic Districts and 2 national Historic Landmark as
well as a national momument.
||Macon is home to the Georgia Music
Hall of Fame and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. These two facilities play an
integral role in the ongoing revitalization of downtown Macon.
The Italian Renaissance
Revival Mansion, the Hay House, was built in the 1850. This National Historic
Landmark is over 18,000 square feet and has 24 rooms decorated with museum
largest African American museum, Tubman African American Museum, offers
fourteen exhibition galleries, a resource center and magnificent 63-foot mural
depicting African-American art, history and culture. Permanent collections are
accompanied by touring national and international exhibitions by well-known
African American artists.
Theatre, built in 1921 by black entrepreneur Charles Douglass, is a restored
historic theatre that has hosted greats like Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox
and Cab Calloway. The Douglass Theatre now pays tribute to the African American
influence on film and theatre
||Two notable Georgians from Bibb
County are Sidney Clopton Lanier (1842-1881), poet, author, and musician, and
the late Otis Redding, the recording star whose hits included "Sittin' on
the Dock of the Bay".
The Italian Renaissance Revival
Mansion, the Hay House, was built in the 1850. This National Historic Landmark
is over 18,000 square feet and has 24 rooms decorated with museum
||Macon State College, Wesleyan
College, Mercer University, and Central Georgia Technical College.
||The most popular event in the
county is the Macon International Cherry Blossom Festival held in March. The
city has more Yoshino cherry trees than anywhere else in the world, and people
come to the annual festival to see the trees.
Other festivals include the annual
First Night Macon, Tubman Museum Pan African Festival in May, and the Georgia
Cities and Towns In Bibb County
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