Sidney Lanier Cottage

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Sidney Lanier Cottage
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Sidney Lanier Cottage is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Sidney Lanier Cottage
Sidney Lanier Cottage is located in the US
Sidney Lanier Cottage
Location 935 High St., Macon, Georgia
Coordinates 32°50′14″N 83°38′11″W / 32.83722°N 83.63639°W / 32.83722; -83.63639Coordinates: 32°50′14″N 83°38′11″W / 32.83722°N 83.63639°W / 32.83722; -83.63639
Area less than one acre
Built 1840, 1880
Architectural style Gothic Revival
NRHP Reference # 72000365[1]
Added to NRHP January 31, 1972

The Sidney Lanier Cottage is a historic cottage on High Street in Macon, Georgia that was the birthplace of poet Sidney Lanier. It was built in 1840 and was renovated to its present Gothic Revival style in 1880.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[3]

History[edit]

Sidney Lanier was born in the High Street home of his grandfather in 1842. Lanier is best known for his regional poems, including "The Marshes of Glynn," "The Song of the Chattahoochee," and "Sunrise".[4] Lanier's parents, SterlingRobert Sampson Lanioer and Mary Jane Anderson Lanier were living in nearby Griffin, Georgia, but Mary Jane went to the home of her in-laws to give birth to her first child.[5]

The white frame Victorian home was built in 1840 as a four-room cottage, though it was altered extensively over the years. In 1879, the building was moved fifty feet and the family added two rooms to the second floor as well as a porch.[6]

Museum today[edit]

The home served as a private residence for many years before its purchase by the Middle Georgia Historical Society in 1973.[6] Now part of a Macon historic district, the Sidney Lanier Cottage includes various artifacts representing the author's life and work, including the silver alto flute he used with Baltimore's Peabody Symphony and first editions of his books.[7] The museum is operated by the Historic Macon Foundation.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Debbie Curtis (June 22, 1995). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Macon Historic District (revised)" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved August 11, 2016.  including maps pages 43-47, with 105 photos (with Sidney Lanier Cottage in photo #41;, see photo captions pages 36-42 of text document)
  3. ^ Kristalia Stavrolakis (August 1, 1974). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Macon Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved August 10, 2016.  with photos
  4. ^ a b Epting, Chris. The Birthplace Book: A Guide to Birth Sites of Famous People, Places, & Things. Stackpole Books, 2009: 104. ISBN 9780811740180
  5. ^ Burke, Michelle Prater. The Ideals Guide to Literary Places in the U.S. Nashville, TN: Ideals Publications Incorporated, 1998: 83. ISBN 0-8249-4093-8
  6. ^ a b Burke, Michelle Prater. The Ideals Guide to Literary Places in the U.S. Nashville, TN: Ideals Publications Incorporated, 1998: 84. ISBN 0-8249-4093-8
  7. ^ Foxwell, Trish. A Visitor's Guide to the Literary South. The Countryman Press, 2013: 63. ISBN 978-1581571493

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