Macon, Georgia is centrally located in the state. The city belongs to the largest metropolitan area in the state. Macon's nickname is the Heart of Georgia because it lies in the geographic central point of the state of Georgia. The population of the city is close to 93,000 residents making the city the sixth largest in the state.
Macon resides on the original site of the Ocmulgee Old Fields which used to be home to the Creek Indians before settlers arrived in Georgia. The Ocmulgee National Monument surrounds the city of Macon protecting the fields and forest cultivated by the Creek Indians as a burial ground that is still preserved today.
Macon is the prior site of Fort Benjamin Hawkins which was a fort used in the War of 1812 as a distribution point for the military. The original fort has sense burned to the ground but a replica stands today in east Macon.
Macon has a history of musical influence upon the United States music genre. The city has been the birthplace or home to musicians like The Allman Brothers Band, Otis Redding, Little Richard, R.E.M. and Jason Aldeen who is a current country music artist.
The International Cherry Blossom Festival is held every year during the middle of March. It is held at the height of the blossoming of the cherry trees and it is a 10 day celbration of arts and crafts, concerts, shows, parades, dances and food. The International Cherry Blossom Festival is the largest and best known event of Macon, Georgia.
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