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PO BOX 7344736 Emery HighwayMACON, GA 31209 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Fort Hawkins Commission will develop plans and organize activities to bring about the complete restoration of the frontier fort that is the birthplace of Macon, Georgia. The first step will be a fundraising project encompassing both foundations and individuals. As this is underway, the Commission will conduct archaeological studies and historical research allowing the Commission to interpret the Fort Hawkins story accurately and in detail. Once funds are raised, the actual reconstruction of the fort will begin. The work of the Commission is complete when the fort and/or interpretive center is open to the public and a military and historical education program is developed telling the story of the young nation’s struggle to create a country in the southern wilderness.


Fort Hawkins was established in 1806 by President Thomas Jefferson and Indian Agent Col. Benjamin Hawkins as an official U.S. Army Fort and Indian Factory for tranding and meeting with the Native Americans in Middle Georgia. At the time, it was the western frontier and a wilderness. It overlooked the ancient Indian Mounds held sacred by the Muskogee Creek Nation, the "Old Fields". Other landmarks nearby included: the Ocmulgee River, the Lower Creek Trading Path (later to become the Federal Road connecting Washington D.C. to Mobile), and the future site of the city of Macon founded across the river seventeen years later.

Fort Hawkins friends and followers! If you'd like to volunteer at the Fort for 4 hour shifts on Saturdays or Sundays, please send a message to We have some great events lined up for this year. Fort is open to the public. We re-established Friends of Fort Hawkins. Free T-shirt with donation to Friends of the Fort. Please visit us.


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by Mami M. (September 2, 2023)
Fort Hawkins is a great place to volunteer and i would 10/10 recommend it to anyone that cares to listen. It is a family-friendly place, it's is a place where you are constantly learning new things. I love it here

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