Join Historic Macon for our summer series, a sensory celebration! Design, Wine and Dine is a lifestyle festival that brings new ideas to historic places and celebrates the good life in Macon's historic neighborhoods. During the festival, tour houses in Beall's Hill, visit saved Fading Five locations, and dine in historically significant places throughout Macon.
Summer House Crawl
6:00 - 8:00 pm
This year, we'll kick off our favorite summer series, Design • Wine • Dine, with a house crawl in Beall's Hill on the 900 block of Ash Street. This block features a wide range of HMF's projects. The five featured houses are a fun combination of historic rehabs, new builds, small houses, finished houses, as-is houses, and everything in between. It's a perfect picture of our block-by-block approach! Featuring DJ B3, food trucks, and interactive activities for kids, it is the perfect way to start the summer.
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Brunch @ The Grotto
10:00 am - noon
Visit this significant Macon site, which was once an HMF Fading Five. Saved earlier this year, this Design * Wine * Dine event will be the first official tour since their ownership. In the 1933 W. Elliot Dunwoody Jr. home of Thomas and Taylor Reichert, known as Merriewoode, the morning will start with brunch, mimosas and French 75s included. Followed by tours to the landmark, led by Macon's own Stephen Reichert.
The Grotto has been a part of Macon's story for over 100 years. In 1901, La Societe Catholique Religieuse purchased a 100-acre tract of land as a retreat for the students and faculty of St. Stanislaus College, which La Societe oversaw. The Jesuits of the College constructed a shrine to Saint Bernadette shortly after purchasing the property, along with a reflection pool. The shrine has a large central entrance with a smaller cavity to the left where a fireplace is still visible. Over the top, there is a niche that originally contained a statue of the Virgin Mary, though it is no longer there. This shrine is one of the many copies of the original in Lourdes, France.
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All proceeds benefit Historic Macon Foundation.
Dine @ the T.J. Ware House
6:00 - 8:00 pm
A former Fading Five, this house has been lovingly restored by Ryan and Ashley Griffin. HMF is excited to host the first public event in this historic home on Oglethorpe Street for our Design • Wine • Dine summer series. Featuring outdoor décor curated by Meagan Evans of Society Garden, we will be sharing tips to design your outdoor space in a creative way. The evening will also feature local musician Baxtor James, fresh, summer eats by GROW, and an open house.
Thomas Jefferson Ware built the house at 1107 Oglethorpe Street, which still sits on a prominent corner of the Beall’s Hill neighborhood, around 1880. Ware was a city alderman and eventually commissioner of public works, as well as owning a local grocery store just blocks away from his house. Playing a prominent role in Macon’s political and social life, Ware lived in this house until 1917, when he moved to Atlanta. Upon his death two years later, his son-in-law Benjamin F. Sutton bought out Ware’s other descendants to own the house outright, though it was Sylvanus Prince, another of Ware’s sons-in-law, who actually called this place home.
1107 Oglethorpe Street stands out in the Beall’s Hill neighborhood, not just because of its prominent location or larger size but also for its Queen Anne style architecture with free classic details. The house has a classically Victorian irregular shape, with steeply pitched gables featuring diamond-shaped louvered vents. Beneath the eaves, the structure still retains elaborate decorative braces and dentils, details that are characteristic of its style and subtype. Everything from the wrap-around porch to the original double-hung sash windows still present reminds those who gaze upon this property today that the family who built this house did so with care and great pride in their city.
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Downtown Loft Tour
Saturday, July 14
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Journey with us to and through three amazing downtown lofts. Each loft is a modern example of historic preservation and will feature a unique cocktail and progressive eats; this loft tour will be unforgettable!
Preservation can take many forms and though we typically think of historic houses, our hosts have tapped into a unique, emerging form of preservation. Their move to the loft lifestyle is a bold statement, pioneering the way for a broader understanding of how historic spaces are preserved yet reinterpreted to fit modern needs. Don't miss this trio of lofts in our Design • Wine • Dine summer series.
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Preservation Pop Up Speakeasy
Friday, August 3
7:00 - 10:00 pm
Dust off your suspenders, your fringe, and your Charleston for a swinging time at our annual summer speak easy! At an undisclosed location, we'll immerse ourselves in the world that might have been, take a glimpse at what actually was, and imagine what could be. History comes alive in Macon's forgotten spots with music, dancing, and signature cocktails. Join us, won't you?
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Southern style @ The Massee House
Thursday, August 30
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Join us at this nationally registered house, one of Macon's finest gems, for a cooking demonstration with a renowned Macon chef, Drew Jennings of H&H Soul Food, a cocktail class with Dovetail’s star mixologist and floral arranging by Little Blue Knot Design. Fantastically restored by Michael and Bridget Wright, this historic home is the perfect backdrop for our foodie fascination.
The Beaux-Arts-style McCaw-Massee House at 615 College Street is called the house that Crisco built. It was constructed in 1901 by Wallace McCaw, who invented a process for hydrogenating cottonseed oil that he manufactured in Macon under the name “Plantene.” His formula was purchased by Proctor and Gamble, who changed the name of the product to Crisco. The company made McCaw one of its vice presidents and relocated him to Cincinnati, Ohio. The home was purchased in 1910 by W. Jordan Massee, a large man with a large personality who was a friend of Tennessee Williams. Massee was the inspiration for the character Big Daddy in Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which was written in the Massee house. In 1935, the house was converted into 13 apartments, but in 2002, it was restored to a single-family residence.
This Design • Wine • Dine event will highlight this house's special connection to Macon's food culture and southern influence. Our most intimate experience, don't wait to purchase your tickets. Click here to secure yours today.
Tour of Design
Saturday, September 8th
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Residents in the Idle Hour Neighborhood open their homes to share their interpretation of design. Each house will feature a unique, immersive experience. This multiple house tour will showcase Macon's finest historic homes and interior designs in our first, but not final, Tour of Design.
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Wine & Dine Lawn Party
Sunday, September 9
7:00 - 9:00 PM
The Wine and Dine Lawn Party will be a dinner that is held on the lawn of Chris and Ramona Sheridan’s house. Closing out our summer series, this lawn party will feature live music, a wine tasting, fresh, local food and chefs.
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