Macon, Georgia is located in the geographic center of Georgia, and as a one-time hub for railroad traffic it earned the designation "The Central City" from the New York Times. It is currently the fourth largest city in Georgia, and the site of many activities, fairs and festivals throughout the year. The buildings and homes around Macon range from colonial to modern, with the older ones being in great shape for their age. Many of the 2-4 bedroom homes have plantation style without the massive price-tag, sporting facades from Greek revivalist to quaint country cottage.
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The city itself was chartered in 1822, and was originally the site of Fort Benjamin Hawkins, built to establish trade and protect settlers, which still stands today. Its location on the Ocmulgee River provided both a means for trade and for later industrial development; the first textile factories in the area used the running water as an energy source. Continuing this tradition of green energy placed Georgia in the top 10 of states across the nation installing solar panels for residential and commercial use in 2013. It isn't just the energy use that's progressive, the world's first chartered women's college, Wesleyan College, was founded in Macon. It's also the site of the world's largest copper dome, the Macon City Auditorium. If you prefer blooming wonders, the Waddell Barnes Botanical Gardens features 16 individual flowering enclosures.
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