CBH will be closed Monday, September 4, 2017, in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 10 a.m.
Our inventory of products includes jellies, honey and preserves, and if you’re looking for an unusual treat, you can try our FROG jam or TOE jam.
Books, jewelry, toys, and ornamental collections make up the remainder of our inventory. Our gift shop was originally attached to the house on its right side as you face the house from Mulberry Street.
The gardens are almost constantly in bloom. A sunken garden represents an early English garden style which was brought over by the early settlers. The visitor will also find an herb and vegetable garden sections. From a bronze cannon barrel to a historic railing where Confederate President Jefferson Davis addressed the people of Macon, there are several historic pieces in the garden.
Brick Kitchen & Servant’s Quarters
The original brick kitchen and servants quarter is only a short walk behind the house. The upper level of the building was once occupied by slave house servants while the bottom floor was used for food preparation and dining. A great spinning wheel and weasel sit astride unseeded cotton and cotton combs to tell the story of thread production and weaving.
The Formal Dining Room
Descending the stairs and proceeding to the rear of the house we enter the dining room. Large pieces of ornate artwork hang from the walls while the large dining room table is covered in silver serving sets and displays. A crystal churn, with lid, accompanies a sterling silver pitcher and dipper which survived the invasion of the Union army after being buried.
The Confederate Museum
Originally an open sleeping porch, this quaint little room is filled with lit display cases containing uniforms, weapons, and accouterments which were used by the Confederate Soldiers of Middle Georgia. The room tells the history of Macon’s efforts as an industrialized center for the war. Flags, metals and letters are also a portion of the collection and a must see.
The Ladies Bedroom
Decorated in a more feminine fashion the Ladies Bed Room has a more modest bed covered by a hand tatted spread. Ornate hand fans hang from the wall as a testimony to their use. A wardrobe and chest of drawers, covered with silver mirror and brush set, make up a portion of the furnishings. Learn about mourning customs of the period as you view the hand woven wreath made entirely of human hair. A hand cranked sewing machine and table, such as you will see, made life much easier for the woman of the house.
The Main Foyer
Upon entering the house the visitor will step back in time to the mid 19th Century, quickly realizing the ceilings of the home are twelve foot high. The entire house is furnished to the 1850's, complete with reproduction period wallpaper and a 36” pier mirror that reaches from floor to ceiling. A leaning grandfather clock stands beside one of two crushed velvet covered set teas and the heart pine floors are covered in matching rugs.
These beautiful parlors are filled with the founders furnishing of the Adelphean Philomathean Societies which was organized at Wesleyan College, in 1851 and1852 respectively. With marble mantles, gold gilded mirrors and antique furniture these parlors represent the two oldest female societies in the World. An elegant crystal chandelier and an enormous bronze gasolier light the parlors.
The Family Room
Ascending the large stairway, secured by a mahogany handrail, to the upper floor the guest enters the large landing where family activities of the day would have been enjoyed. They would take in the artwork depicting members of the family, done by Miss Lizzie Canning. The area is furnished with antique furniture of the period.
Judge Asa Holt’s Room
Most of the furniture in this room was owned by the family and date to the mid 19th Century. A large bureau, as well as a beautiful chest of drawers and marble top table with chairs make up a portion of what you can expect to see. The windows offer a wonderful view of downtown Macon as well as the opportunity to learn the path of the shell which struck the home in 1864.