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Ocmulgee National Monument is Now a National Treasure

Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon Designated by National Trust

Macon's Ocmulegee National Monument, a beautiful park that serves as a memorial to the relationship of Native American people expanding 17,000 years, was officially designated as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation last week. 

This was the native homeland of the Muskogee Creek, and this recognition only reinforces the significance they attributed to this land. Not only does the National Treasure designation help preserve the park, it also helps raise awareness of Ocmulgee and its importance to American heritage. "You're not just honoring the place, you're honoring the people," said National Parks Conservation Association's Chris Watson. 

A local favorite, the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail in Macon helps promote walkability, bikability and a healthy lifestyle. The designation of the park will also help encourage economic development within the community. Ocmulgee National Monument was only the second site in Georgia to earn the designation.

A big win for the Macon area and an even bigger win for this park and what it represents.

Read more in the AJC

Ocmulgee National Monument

Macon On My Mind Playlist

For decades, Macon GA has been a major influence on music -- A Central Georgia melting pot of rock 'n' roll, soul, Southern Rock, legendary bands & unforgettable artists. With ground-breaking sounds from Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers Band, paired with unique incubators like Capricorn Records, this tiny Central City was destined for musical success.

To celebrate all these amazing people and sounds, we've put together some of our favorite homegrown musical legends and tunes mentioning our beloved town into a Spotify playlist. Enjoy songs by Macon's biggest stars and shoutouts from other legends who were impacted by "The Vatican of Music."