History comes alive in Macon in all sorts of ways, and
most especially at The Cannonball House, christened
as such because of the artillery shell that ended up in
its foyer during the Civil War. Constructed in 1853 in
the Greek Revival architectural style, it was built for
the Judge Asa Holt family and is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places. During a Union siege on
Macon, the home was fired on by Union troops from
across the Ocmulgee River. The artillery shell hit the
sand sidewalk and entered into the house unexploded.
Until 1962, the home was lived in by descendants of Judge Holt. Today, the house is still filled with a fine collection of the family’s antiques, and features a hand-molded, twostory brick kitchen and fully furnished servants’ quarters. The Friends of the Cannonball House, Inc. manage and present the structure as a house museum notable for its promotion of Georgia’s heritage. The two parlors even house recreations of meeting rooms for the Adelphean (ΑΔΠ) and Philomathean (ΦΜ) societies. Today’s visitors benefit from tours, classes and presentations of yesterday’s memories. Plan your trip today!