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Cannonball House, Macon

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The Cannonball House is located at 856 Mulberry Street in Macon, Georgia, United States and is a historically significant house with a story behind its name. On July 30, 1864, the house coined its name due to damage caused by a cannonball striking the house from a Union Army attack in the American Civil War. The Cannonball House was constructed originally as a planter's townhouse in 1853. It was built by and for Judge Asa Holt. This explains why this house is also known as the "Mansion of the Old South" and the "Home of Judge Asa Holt." The house was built using an authentic Greek revival architectural style and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The recreated meeting rooms of the Adelphean (ΑΔΠ) and Philomathean (ΦΜ) societies (the world's first college sororities established at Wesleyan College in 1851 and 1852, respectively) are on display inside the house. The entire house is furnished to the 1853-1870 period.
The rear of the Cannonball House is occupied by a hand-molded two-story brick kitchen. The upper level of this house served as servants' quarters. Few structures of this type remain in the Southern United States today. A bronze cannon, forged in 1864 at the Macon Arsenal, is on display in front of the Cannonball House.
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  • serendipity and sheer luck have made this house noted for its survival. a collection of period-correct furnishings are cared for here. the civil war artifacts are displayed with local pride in... 
    serendipity and sheer luck have made this house noted for its survival. a collection of period-correct furnishings are cared for here. the civil war artifacts are displayed with local pride in...  more »
  • Located at 856 Mulberry Street in Macon, Georgia, the Cannonball House is a historically significant house with a compelling story behind its unusual name. On July 30, 1864, the house coined its name....  more
    Located at 856 Mulberry Street in Macon, Georgia, the Cannonball House is a historically significant house with a compelling story behind its unusual name. On July 30, 1864, the house coined its name....  more »
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  • Such an amazing house! I got lucky and was the only person on the tour and it really did feel like a private tour. I believe my guide's name was Lizzie and she was super knowledgeable. The kitchen house is still intact and was included in the tour. Definitely a must-see!
  • Very nice house and a very informative tours! Both curators were super friendly and knew a lot of information. :) a nice stop in Macon.

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