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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 10:51 PM
I'm planning on stopping in Macon on the way back from Bonnaroo, since it's right on the way and I don't foresee another time when I'll be around those parts. I was thinking of spending about 2 hours there, to break up the 10 hour drive. Is that enough time to go to the big house, Rose Hill, and whatever other sites I should see?

 

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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 11:16 PM
2hours might be enough time to eat at the H&H & go to the big house. to fully realize rose hill, you need at least a day me & miss thang been there 3 times & we ain't seen it all yet. to see it all & get a good history of the place you gotta have more'n a couple of hours. then they's the sidney lanier cottage, the hay house, the music hall & so much more....................

 

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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 11:26 PM
I'm with Renee.

Two hours for the H and The Big House.

So many other things to see in Macon.

You might be able to get a good dose in six hours....

 

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  posted on 6/2/2007 at 05:09 AM
yes, when you go to the holy land you need to make a pilgrimage, not a pitstop. You need at least a whole day to start to soak it all in
 

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  posted on 6/2/2007 at 07:57 AM
I would definitely like to spend a little more time there, but my travel companion has to work the next day, so we've gotta get her back home at a reasonable hour. Maybe I can push for 3 hours since I'll be the one driving. We can find her a nice bed in the big house to take a nap while I take in the sites. So I'm thinking we'll grab lunch at H&H, browse the Big House, and then briefly pay our respects to Duane, Berry, and of course Elizabeth Reed.

 

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  posted on 6/2/2007 at 08:50 AM
With all the time you spend at Rose Hill, are you actually seeing stuff for 3 hours, or is it more just relaxing and taking in the place where some of our favorite songs have been written (while that sounds enjoyable, it's probably something that will be have to be cut short in compromise).
If it were completely up to me, I'd spend the night there, but my lady friend will have already taken off a few days from her relatively new job, so we unfortunately are pressed for time (and she'll probably be cranky from lack of sleep at Bonnaroo), so compromise is necessary.

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  posted on 6/2/2007 at 09:25 AM
I agree, you need more time to see it all. I would just go see the Big House and then get back on the road.

Just my two cents....

 

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  posted on 6/2/2007 at 09:40 AM
Just an FYI - The H&H is closed on Sunday and Monday, so if you'll be in Macon then you'll have to miss the best fried chicken in the whole wide world!

 

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  posted on 6/2/2007 at 09:59 AM
Hey, this is timely for me too...going to cruise through Macon at the end of the month and plan a visit.

Big House, H&H and maybe the cemetary too...thanks all for the info.

 

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  posted on 6/2/2007 at 10:22 AM
This is a cool but lesser known sight in Rose Hill. Near the
north end of the cemetery .... a few hundred yards upstream
of DA and BO ... is a big bluff that is an awesome overlook of
the river. The cemetery road kinda culdesacs here ... and you
will see some very tall old monuments. Explore around there
and you will find some steps that lead down to the railroad
tracks and the river. Old maps call this the "back gate" or "east
gate" to Rose Hill ... can't remember which. The railroad bed
back in antebellum days wasn't there... but was a river road used
often by carriages and horses. It was a completely accessible
entrance to the cemetery back then.
When you get down there you'll see the old brick wall of what
appears to be a mausoleum... but I think it is more of an ornate
retaining wall that facades as a structure. You'll see several
decorative arches ... this is where the brothers had pics taken
for the first album. Stand up in that arch like Berry did ... spread
your arms ... and get your friend to take a pic. You'll have a
dang good memento. If you bring a cloak ... all the more better
if you want to try and go for the "messiah' effect.

You can actually see this section of Rose Hill from the
freeway. When you cross the river on I-16 very near the
I-75 merge... look south/downstream on the opposite
river bank and you'll see the bluffs. The cemetery is
very accessible from the I-16 / Spring Street exit.

 

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  posted on 6/2/2007 at 10:50 AM
You can do Rose Hill in 30 minutes if you're in a hurry, just know where you are going. I would check out the Big House and blow off the H&H. Not to be disagreeable, but I can think of 10 places in New Orleans with better fried chicken than the greasy bird I've eaten at the H&H, not to mention my own mother's.

 

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Stand up in that arch like Berry did ... spread
your arms ... and get your friend to take a pic. You'll have a
dang good memento. If you bring a cloak ... all the more better
if you want to try and go for the "messiah' effect.


Well, I don't have a cloak, but I do have 2 weeks to grow at least modest mutton chops

 

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  posted on 6/2/2007 at 11:36 AM
The "H" is open on Monday! Some of the best fried chicken in the world and the best smothered chicken, best squash, best people!!! Great pictures and a great vibe.

You can easily do Macon in two hours. After two hours almost anyone would be bored. It's just a sprawled out town. Intown is wonderful with gorgeous homes.

 

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  posted on 6/2/2007 at 11:43 AM
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The "H" is open on Monday! Some of the best fried chicken in the world and the best smothered chicken, best squash, best people!!! Great pictures and a great vibe.

You can easily do Macon in two hours. After two hours almost anyone would be bored. It's just a sprawled out town. Intown is wonderful with gorgeous homes.


Well Ellen,

If you are the tour guide, then of course you can do Macon in 2 hours...

 

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  posted on 6/2/2007 at 11:44 AM
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  posted on 6/2/2007 at 11:47 AM
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  posted on 6/2/2007 at 11:53 AM
I've been to GABBAFEST in Macon 3 times. When you first go there its like stepping back into the 1970s. When I was there the Capricorn records office was still there, I also got to tour the Capricorn recording studio (later called Phoenix sound) where the ABB recorded some of their best material.

Being inside that place sent chills down my spine

 

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  posted on 6/2/2007 at 12:54 PM
If I had but one stop to make in Macon it would definitely be Rose Hill....

 

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  posted on 6/2/2007 at 01:09 PM
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With all the time you spend at Rose Hill, are you actually seeing stuff for 3 hours, or is it more just relaxing and taking in the place where some of our favorite songs have been written (while that sounds enjoyable, it's probably something that will be have to be cut short in compromise).
If it were completely up to me, I'd spend the night there, but my lady friend will have already taken off a few days from her relatively new job, so we unfortunately are pressed for time (and she'll probably be cranky from lack of sleep at Bonnaroo), so compromise is necessary.

[Edited on 6/2/2007 by rmm26]

you actually seein stuff they's all different kinds of marble, stone, architecture, and stories there. it's like dave said, we stayed there 3 hours or better when we all met up that day & could've stayed another 5 easy..........it ain't borin by no means if you got any interest in any kinda history, you need to go............

 

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With all the time you spend at Rose Hill, are you actually seeing stuff for 3 hours

If it were completely up to me, I'd spend the night there


you might want to rethink that one ... they got motels around there it gets a little spooky around midnight

 

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  posted on 6/2/2007 at 02:28 PM
You must see the Otis Redding memorial near the railroad tressle. The GMHOF is a good stop, too. If I was in a hurry and wanted to include Rose Hill, find DUane and Berry, and also Elizabeth Jones Reed. The rest of the cemetary can wait for a later date with more time. Be sure to phone ahead and arrange for the Big House tour. Kirk and/or Kirsten may or may not be home if you just drop by.

 

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  posted on 6/2/2007 at 04:22 PM
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You can do Rose Hill in 30 minutes if you're in a hurry, just know where you are going. I would check out the Big House and blow off the H&H. Not to be disagreeable, but I can think of 10 places in New Orleans with better fried chicken than the greasy bird I've eaten at the H&H, not to mention my own mother's.


I thought I was the only one who got indigestion every time I ate at the H&H.

 

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  posted on 6/2/2007 at 09:05 PM
Love all the comments folks...on my trip, I'll get into town late Sat afternoon, hopefully soon enough to get in late at H&H...then what .. spend the night and is the Big House open on Sundays?

Do they even have regular hours yet?

Recommendations please, yes it looks like I'll be arriving in Macon somewhere after 2 or 3 pm on a Saturday. And needing to leave by mid morning on Sunday...pretty pathetic attempt to see "something."

 

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  posted on 6/2/2007 at 09:38 PM
I was thinkin 2 days not 2 hours.... then Ms Elf says 30 mins.... The H&H would be a more historic stop than a fine dining experience. The Big House and Rose Hill are two must do's that would take 2-4 hours, then an hour to eat. Then you got the rest of the town to at least ride around for 30 minutes looking lost.

Macon is on my Things to do list

 

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  posted on 6/3/2007 at 09:05 AM
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Looks like I'll call up and see what the status of the big house is that day, and probably just stay as long as we can before having to get back on the road. I'll try to leave Bonnaroo as early as possible Monday morning so we can have a good amount of time in Macon.

 

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