National Register Listings in
Bibb County, Georgia

Anderson, Capt. R. J., House Anderson, Judge Clifford, House Baber, Ambrose, House Bowden, Charles L., Golf Course Burke, Thomas C., House Cannonball House Central City Park Bandstand Cherokee Brick and Tile Company Cherokee Heights District Christ Episcopal Church Collins-Odom-Strickland House Cowles House Cowles, Jerry, Cottage Dasher-Stevens House Davis-Guttenberger-Rankin House Domingos House East Macon Historic District Emerson-Holmes Building Findlay, Robert, House First Presbyterian Church Fort Hill Historic District Georgia Industrial Home Goodall House Grand Opera House Green-Poe House Hatcher-Groover-Schwartz House Holt, Walter R., House Holt-Peeler-Snow House Ingleside Historic District Johnston-Hay House Lanier, Sidney, Cottage Lassiter House League, Ellamae Ellis, House League, Joseph and Mary Jane, House Lee, W. G., Alumni House Levitt, William and Jane, House Lustron House at 3498 McKenzie Drive Macon Historic District Macon Historic District (Boundary Increase) Macon Railroad Industrial District Macon Railway and Light Company Substation McCrary, DeWitt, House Mechanics Engine House No. 4 Mercer University Administration Building Militia Headquarters Building Miller, A.L., High School and A.L. Miller Junior High School Monroe Street Apartments Municipal Auditorium Munroe-Dunlap-Snow House Munroe-Goolsby House Napier Heights Historic District Napier, Leroy, House North Highlands Historic District Ocmulgee National Monument Old Macon Library Old U.S. Post Office and Federal Building Pleasant Hill Historic District Porter, James and Olive, House Railroad Overpass at Ocmulgee Raines-Carmichael House Randolph-Whittle House Riverside Cemetery Rogers, Rock, House Rose Hill Cemetery Shirley Hills Historic District Shirley Hills Historic District (Boundary Increase and Additional Documentation) Slate House Small House Solomon-Curd House Solomon-Smith-Martin House St. Joseph's Catholic Church Tindall Heights Historic District Villa Albicini Vineville Historic District Wesleyan College Historic District Williams, Luther, Field Willingham-Hill-O'Neal Cottage
The city of Savannah, Georgia was the first planned city in America. It was laid out in a grid pattern with squares for public use, and this design was later copied by other cities throughout the country.
Bibb County, Georgia has a rich and diverse history that spans back to its establishment in the early 19th century. The county was created in 1822 and named in honor of William Wyatt Bibb, the first elected Governor of Alabama and a United States Senator from Georgia. Settlers from various backgrounds, including Native Americans and European colonists, were drawn to the fertile lands and natural resources of the area.

During the 19th century, Bibb County experienced substantial growth as cotton became a dominant industry. Plantations sprung up across the county, supported by a large number of enslaved African Americans who were forced into labor. The county became an important center for cotton production and trade, attracting wealthy plantation owners and boosting the region's economy.

The Civil War brought significant challenges to Bibb County, as it did to many southern counties. The area was occupied by Union troops for a time, and many citizens faced the destruction and financial ruin caused by the conflict. Despite these difficulties, the county gradually recovered and continued to develop its agricultural and industrial sectors in the post-war years.

Throughout the 20th century, Bibb County saw further diversification of its economy. The development of the rail system, along with advancements in technology, helped to establish the county as a transportation and manufacturing hub. Macon, the county seat and largest city, became known as the "Heart of Georgia" due to its central location and its crucial role in the state's economic growth.

Today, Bibb County boasts a flourishing economy with a mix of industries such as healthcare, education, manufacturing, and logistics. It is also home to several renowned educational institutions, including Mercer University. The county continues to preserve its historical landmarks, such as the Hay House and the Ocmulgee National Monument, and celebrates its diverse cultural heritage through various annual events and festivals.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Bibb County, Georgia.

  • 1822 - Bibb County is established on December 9.
  • 1823 - Macon is chosen as the county seat.
  • 1836 - Wesleyan College, the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women, is founded in Macon.
  • 1864 - Macon is captured and occupied by Union forces during the Civil War.
  • 1895 - The Ocmulgee National Monument is established near Macon.
  • 1942 - Robins Air Force Base is established in Warner Robins.
  • 1955 - The Tubman Museum, dedicated to African American art, history, and culture, opens in Macon.
  • 1970 - Macon-Bibb County is consolidated, combining the city of Macon with Bibb County.
  • 1996 - The Georgia Music Hall of Fame opens in Macon.
  • 2014 - Macon-Bibb County becomes a consolidated city-county government.