Tuesday, March 25, 2014

3/20 – 3/21/14  Macon, GA, for a stop to see what their Cherry Blossom Festival is all about. It's March 21st to the 30th, and claim to be the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World. They say there are 300,000 to 350,000 Yoshino cherry trees in Macon. I thought we would drive through the area on the 20th, the day before the festival before everything is crazy and full, and see what we could find. 

Wonder if that's the dry sod we saw on the truck in Walmart?

Our first view of Macon, GA

Huge Tractor Supply Co building

Hillshire Farms

More logging trucks

Macon, GA

 Central City Park where the Cherry Blossom Festival is going to be held. Still setting up and getting ready.

Blossoms, but not the Yoshino cherry trees.

The Central City Park is not in the best part of town.

We stopped at the Visitor Center to see if they could tell us where the majority of the cherry blossoms would be.

Macon, GA visitor center

 We drove through part of the historic district so I could take pictures of the buildings. I love the historic architecture!

The columns, spires, windows, etc.

  The Hay House, featured on A&E's "America's Castles", was built in the 1850s. It is 18,000 sq ft, 24 rooms. We did not take a tour; it's $11, only 3 of the 7 floors (the 1st floor is free to see), and you can't take any pictures!

On left, another view of the Hay House.

 The Cannonball House, Judge Asa Holt's House, built in 1853. A house struck by a cannonball during the Union army attack in 1864. 

Walter F. George School of Law

Park across the street from the law school

The First Baptist Church built in the late 1800s

Historic Dr. James Mercer Greene house

St. Joseph's Catholic Church, started building in 1889, had services in the basement until 1903 
 when the upper church was finished. 

The main alter and two sides alters as well as the white marble statues are made of Carrarra marble from the same quarries in Italy that Michelangelo used for his famous sculptures. There are over 60 stained glass windows which were mostly made in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

The Macon City Hall was built in 1837 for Monroe Railroad & Banking Co. During the Civil War it was used as a military hospital.

Monument to the women of the South

We got a Cherry Blossom Trail map from the visitor center, and followed a tour bus on the trail. Very few blossoms were blooming yet, too cold.

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