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Fort Hawkins, Macon

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Fort Hawkins was a fort built in 1806-1810 in the historic Creek Nation by the United States government under President Thomas Jefferson and used until 1824. Built in what is now Georgia at the fall Line on the east side of the Ocmulgee River, the fort overlooked the sacred ancient earthwork mounds of the Ocmulgee Old Fields, now known as the Ocmulgee National Monument, and the Lower Creek Pathway. A trading settlement and later the European-American city of Macon, Georgia, developed because of the fort. During this period, the fort was important to the Creek Nation, the United States, and the state of Georgia for economic, military, and political reasons.The fort originally had a tall log palisade surrounding a 1- 2acre complex. It had living and working quarters as well as two blockhouses on diagonal corners. A replica of the southeast blockhouse was constructed in 1938 after archeological excavations in 1936 showed the appropriate site. It has become an icon of Macon. The Fort Hawkins Archeological Site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is included within the boundaries of the Fort Hill Historic District, also listed on the NRHP.
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  • May 1, 2017
    This is spot where Macon was founded. Fort Hawkins was a fort built in 1806-1810 in the historic Creek Nation by the United States government under President Thomas Jefferson and used until 1824. Admi...  more »
  • November 13, 2016
    Learning more about the fort and seeing all the findings ,going into the fort to see from the windows what they would have seen years ago ! History so kool!  more »
  • April 17, 2016
    Fort Hawkins is where Macon started and is a significant historical site. What looks like a log cabin (needs a better sign from the road) houses a small museum and is where your tour begins. A guide w...  more »
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  • June 15, 2017
    Macon is Rich with history, and Fort Hawkins is the birthplace of Macon. The little​ museum is full of artifacts discovered at the site and a mural of an 1812 battle makes a great photo background. The 3-story blockhouse is an exact replica and houses more artifacts and history with amazing views from the open windows. There are events throughout the year (check their Facebook page), including 4th of July and Easter. This Historic site is free to the public, but donations are greatly appreciated.
  • July 9, 2017
    Went to the Ocmulgee Mounds nearby and decided we would drop by here too. We didn't do our research and didn't know it wasn't open. But, by the looks of it, it looks very informative and well maintained.
  • June 18, 2017
    A great place for Macon history, Good visuals and Voulenteer was informative and interesting.
  • April 11, 2017
    It was a educational visit for the kids and grandkids
  • February 14, 2016
    An unsung historical resource! The fledgling visitor's center has helpful information and exhibits, and one of the volunteers will give you a tour of the three-story replica blockhouse, itself a piece of history since it was built from concrete to mimic the original wood in 1937-1938 as one of FDR's Works Progress Administration projects. Just the lookout from one of the tallest hills in the area is worth the trip. Highly recommended.

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