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  posted on 8/27/2014 at 01:11 PM
I am flying to Atlanta Thursday August 28th from Southern California (grandkids birthday) and will drive down Friday to see the ABB sites in Macon, I plan on the grave sites, the accident sites, a drive by of the Capricorn building, the Big House and maybe H&H for lunch, any other sites I should plan on? I doubt I will ever get to Macon again so I want to include as much as possible. Been wanting to do this pilgrimage for at least 40 years, kinda cool to finally have it happen. Thanks in advance, Dennis
 
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  posted on 8/27/2014 at 02:19 PM
Dennis, go to http://www.gabba.org and click the Footsteps Map link on the left side of the page. It will bring up a map and list of spots of interest to the ABB pilgrim.
 

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  posted on 8/27/2014 at 02:33 PM
The River Walk is really nice. You can walk all the way down to the Otis Redding statue. I like the portion across from Rose Hill.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2014 at 06:34 PM
Is the Georgia music hall of fame still open?
 

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  posted on 8/27/2014 at 07:46 PM
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Is the Georgia music hall of fame still open?


UH-h-h-h-h-h NO. Been closed for several years. Mercer bought it and is using it as part of the medical school.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2014 at 07:47 PM
The Georgia Music Hall of Fame moved out of Macon several years ago and relocated in Athens, Georgia....

 

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  posted on 8/27/2014 at 08:27 PM
When my wife and I went, we didn't have a huge plan re: Macon, we just rolled into the Big House first thing. I was a bit worried I wouldn't be able to find my way around...

Lucky for us, the first thing the staff did was hand us a map of sites in Macon and Rose Hill and they were really helpful. Maybe one of them will have time to show you around (we got lucky in that regard).

You could also do a tour... there is company called Rock Candy tours that does them.


 

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  posted on 8/27/2014 at 09:02 PM
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I am flying to Atlanta Thursday August 28th from Southern California (grandkids birthday) and will drive down Friday to see the ABB sites in Macon, I plan on the grave sites, the accident sites, a drive by of the Capricorn building, the Big House and maybe H&H for lunch, any other sites I should plan on? I doubt I will ever get to Macon again so I want to include as much as possible. Been wanting to do this pilgrimage for at least 40 years, kinda cool to finally have it happen. Thanks in advance, Dennis


If you are driving down from Atlanta, take the Bolingbroke exit. It's just after you take a right on 475. You then turn right, and you're "going down Highway 41". You'll come into town past Wesleyan College, up the hill, and after the second red light you'll be going past the "Fall Line". When you get to the next light the road name changes to Vineville Ave. Keep going straight. When you see the big church on your left, you're getting close to Big House. If you were coming in a couple of days later, it would be "Sunday morning with bells ringing everywhere" due to the number of churches within a half mile circle of the Big House. The Big House is just before the second red light after the big church on the corner.
When you come out of the Big House, turn back the direction you were going (turn left at the exit). That will put you on Duane Allman Drive. You will soon be crossing I-75 over the Raymond Berry Oakley, III bridge.
Continue straight till you get to the Ronald McDonald House at the Children's Hospital. Take the left fork in the road. Continuing down that road you will pass by the H&H and Capricorn Studio offices. If you eat at the H&H, take a few minutes to sit on one of the benches and sip some tea at the little park next to the studio offices. It's a nice little spot to take a rest.
Continue down the road past City Hall and turn right down Poplar St. (you really can't help but turn since the median makes you turn). At the second red light turn left (2nd St.). Follow this down to Mulberry St and turn left (note: it's a divided road so make sure to watch the signs) and then do a U-turn after you pass the Grand Opera House (there are places provided for this) where part of the Phil Graham Special was filmed. The building with what looks like a turret on the front is where the ABB played their first paying gig. Continue down Mulberry to the end and turn left, turning right after you go under the railroad trestle (lower end of Riverside Dr). The Otis Redding statue would be on your left at Gateway Park. This takes you to Central City Park. Turn left when you get to the old locomotive and you will soon see the gazebo where Wet Willie was filmed. When you wish to leave, go back the same way you came in, but continue going straight through the four-way-stop at the locomotive and go under another railroad bridge. Turn left and you're "On Broadway" (called Martin Luther King in this area)
Watch on your left and see the Capricorn Recording Studios. At the next red light take a right and go up to Third St. (it has a lot of small parks in the center), following it down to Riverside Drive. Turn left and go down to Rose Hill. Turn in the gate and go straight until you actually run out of road. Turn right. When you see the Confederate flagpole go uphill around the curve. Take the first right turn and park just past the turn at the magnolia tree. Look right. Please be careful where you step, and don't touch the green stuff growing up the trees, it's ivy, but not the kind you want to touch.
If you're from the northern states, remember not to step onto or stand on the red mounds of dirt. You would not want the surprise you would get in about a minute.

 

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  posted on 8/28/2014 at 04:06 PM
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UH-h-h-h-h-h NO




ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm........................ok........

that's why i was asking..............

 

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  posted on 8/28/2014 at 04:11 PM
I really want to get to Macon for a day or so and visit some spots w/o family. No time, no rush just sit in a few spots and take it all in.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2014 at 04:53 PM
Jerry, thanks for the info but I left early this morning for Macon before your post, first up was the gravesite, found it quickly and spent quite some time there reflecting about life, love and Duane and Berry, many happy and sad thoughts crossed my mind, found the Liz Reed spot, drove to the accident sites, I have seen the youtube of them but a little scary how close they are together, then drove around to see all the homes the guys lived in, saw the Capricorn building, H&H, and then the museum to top it off, back in Atlanta now. Really glad I finally got to Georgia, quite a beautiful state.( and plenty hot! )
 

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  posted on 8/29/2014 at 05:22 PM
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I really want to get to Macon for a day or so and visit some spots w/o family. No time, no rush just sit in a few spots and take it all in.


Come to GABBAFEST

 

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  posted on 8/29/2014 at 08:59 PM
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Jerry, thanks for the info but I left early this morning for Macon before your post, first up was the gravesite, found it quickly and spent quite some time there reflecting about life, love and Duane and Berry, many happy and sad thoughts crossed my mind, found the Liz Reed spot, drove to the accident sites, I have seen the youtube of them but a little scary how close they are together, then drove around to see all the homes the guys lived in, saw the Capricorn building, H&H, and then the museum to top it off, back in Atlanta now. Really glad I finally got to Georgia, quite a beautiful state.( and plenty hot! )


Sounds like a great trip. You were able to do it all in 1 day? How rushed were you? Thinking of making the trip myself this fall.

 

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  posted on 9/2/2014 at 06:40 PM
I am back in So Cal now. I was not rushed at all, although in retrospect I should have spent more time at the museum, there are many things at the museum easily overlooked because some of the items are quite small, they had reel to reel tapes that were their original package, I recall seeing Eat a Peach in reel to reel, what a blast from the past that was! I arrived at 8am at Rose Hills, that allowed 3 hours to see all the places the band members lived at, most of the locations are very very close to each other, kinda neat to drive among them and think about Duane on his bike beating these paths. do make the trip, after being a fan for 45 years this really was a pilgrimage for me, another bucket list to-do can be marked off now. Whatever you do don't leave out the gravesites, Duane and Berrys spot is really quite tranquil. Oh and one more thing, I am very impressed by Georgia hospitality, everywhere I went people were smiling, happy and genuine! It just isn't that way in California.
 
 


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