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History of Macon, GA

Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. > History of Macon, GA
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Located in the heart of Georgia, approximately two hours from the city of Atlanta, Macon GA is a fast-growing metropolis that serves as the administrative center of Macon-Bibb County. Geographically positioned near the intersection of the Atlantic coastal plain and the Piedmont plateau, the city is steeped in history and beauty. The Macon city government and that of Bibb County were officially merged in 2014 after the voters approved the consolidation via a referendum in 2012. As of 2018, the population of Macon was estimated to be around 153,000 residents, more than half of the entire population of the Macon Metro Area which was estimated to be around 228,000 people.

macon ga personal injury law firmArchaeological evidence shows that Macon was originally a native settlement area occupied by different groups of Indigenous people at different periods of time. The last known native settlers of the area were the Creek Indians. Long before the arrival of the Creek Indians, the area was ideally the heart of the Mississippian culture in modern-day Georgia. The earthwork mounds found at the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park in Macon are some of the remaining pieces of what was once a great Mississippian Chiefdom in the area. It is believed that the Macon city area was continuously inhabited by Native American communities for over 13,000 years prior to the arrival of the European settlers.

Modern day Macon started off as a simple settlement around Fort Hawkins, a military outpost and trading center which was established in 1809 under the orders of President Thomas Jefferson. The fort was located at the furthest navigable point of the Ocmulgee River. In later years, the fort would serve as a military distribution center where federal troops and state militia would garrison.

With the continued arrival of European settlers in the area, the settlement was given the name Newtown. In 1823, the city was incorporated and given the name Macon, a move that was prompted by the establishment of Bibb County the year before. As a chartered city, Macon became the administrative center of Bibb County. The city soon became a thriving farming community driven by the availability of free slave labor. During the civil war, the city served as an arsenal and stronghold for Confederate soldiers.

Today, Macon is a world-class city that boasts of having great modern infrastructure and a thriving economy which is mainly based on tourism and commerce. The city is also home to a well-established education system and a thriving real estate industry.

Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C.
487 Cherry St #200, Macon, GA 31201
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