Lanier Education Fund
Historic Macon Foundation’s predecessor organization, the Middle Georgia Historical Society, purchased the birthplace of famed poet, Sidney Lanier in 1973. Known locally as the “Cottage” the property served as an event facility, museum, gift shop, offices, catering kitchen, and so much more.
In 2021, Historic Macon sold the property as a single family residence with strict deed covenants. Significant artifacts in the collection are now on loan to the Washington Memorial Library and the Cannonball House in Macon and the Georgia Writers Museum in Eatonton. The Cottage assets will create a permanent Lanier Education Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. Assets from the Cottage sale serve as the lead gift, but the aim is to grow the fund to nurture and inspire future preservationists with hands-on workshops; programming for children, including camps; Sidney’s Salons; publications and research; and much more. Read more about Historic Macon’s legacy with the Cottage on their website here.