Atrium Health's Georgia operations are headquartered in Macon, a charming city in the heart of the state, with a population of roughly 150,000 and an abundance of Southern hospitality. Home to several universities, this tight-knit college town is a place where people say hi to each other on the street, but there's still plenty of things to do.
Known as "a city within a park," Macon allows its residents enjoy the great outdoors, without straying too far from the comforts of home. Spend a Saturday morning at one of the many area museums, head to Amerson River Park to catch some afternoon rays, and then wrap up your day with a live show at Macon Little Theatre. Other things on your "must-do" list include a visit to the Tubman Museum, a peek inside the Ocmulgee National Monument, seeing the memorabilia at the Allman Brothers Band Museum and learning about the greats at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. If you're looking for a weekend getaway, Macon is just a short drive from the mountains of Georgia or the Atlantic Ocean. But with a mild climate and a lot to do, you may not find a reason to leave.
Macon supports its reputation as a college town with several colleges and universities. It’s home to Mercer University, Middle Georgia State University, Central Georgia Technical College, as well as Wesleyan College. Macon, GA is a short drive from Robins Air Force Base, which is a major U.S. Air Force installation and provides air logistics for a variety of aircraft and operations.
More than 300,000 Yoshino Cherry Trees bloom in Macon for a brief couple of weeks in March every year, and the city celebrates with its annual International Cherry Blossom Festival. To say the town turns pink during this time would hardly be an exaggeration. Fountains are dyed pink, houses sport pink wreaths and ribbons, cars feature pink blossoms painted in their windows, and the trees themselves put on a show. The festival includes concerts, charity events and a fair at Central City Park.
Macon has a great music history. Many musicians have called Macon home, including Jason Aldean, country music singer; Otis Redding, soul singer and songwriter; The Allman Brothers, southern rock band; Little Richard, rythym and blues singer; and Young Jeezy, rapper, just to name a few. Macon has also starred in a few movies, too. Clint Eastwood's "Trouble with the Curve" and the Jackie Robinson biopic "42" shot scenes in Macon's historic baseball field, located in Central City Park. More recently, the Aaron Paul flick "Need for Speed" shot some scenes in Macon.