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A sorority stop in Macon, Georgia

A sorority stop in Macon, Georgia

Sorority life–for all its ups and downs–was born in Macon, Georgia. Wesleyan Female College was established in 1836, and was the first college in the world to grant degrees to women. In 1851, The Adelphean Society (which later became Alpha Delta Pi)  was founded by Eugenia Tucker as the first secret society for women.

ADPi Christine Amorose at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia

Since joining as a junior at California State University, Chico, I’ve been proud to be a part of the First, Finest, Forever tradition. I still believe that Greek life was incredibly beneficial in preparing me for a life of travel: it taught me how to talk to just about anyone, how to manage money and the importance of how I present myself. While I was thrilled to be able to visit the birthplace of an organization that has given me incredible experiences and some of my best friends, Renee was a little dubious.

Sitting on the porch of Cannonball House in Macon, Georgia

I don’t doubt that I enjoyed our time in Macon more than Renee did. We visited the Wesleyan Campus, Cannonball House and the grave of Eugenia Tucker Fitzgerald (well, Renee read in the air-conditioned car while I walked aimlessly around an enormous, sprawling cemetery in the miserably humid heat searching for the grave). To me, it was such a privilege to be able to see first-hand the sites that are referenced in our rituals, the places and people we learn about as new members. Being in a sorority was a very fun and special life experience for me, and it was neat to have a connection with this small town in Georgia that I’d never stepped foot in before.

Grave of Eugenia Tucker Fitzgerald, founder of The Adelphean Society in Macon, Georgia

I Believe in Alpha Delta Pi. I Believe that my sorority is more than a ritual or a symbol; that it is a way of life. The opening words of the Alpha Delta Pi Creed and a string of pearls: I certainly wasn’t the first ADPi to visit the grave!

Interior of Cannonball House with clasped hands stained glass and portrait of Eugenia

For any ADPi’s reading: this room in Cannonball House is where the first meetings of The Adelphean Society were held. How cool is the clasped hand stained glass?

BLFGT and peach cocktail at The Rookery in Macon, Georgia

That being said, it wasn’t a TOTAL bust for Renee. She had the best sandwich of her life at The Rookery: a BLFGT (bacon-lettuce-fried green tomato) sandwich with goat cheese. She’s currently scheming how to open an American-style cafe in Australia that will completely revolve around that dish.

Actually, this is exactly what Renee had to say about Macon: Very pretty town but this stop was predominantly an excursion for Christine to explore her sorority roots while I played hot and bothered chauffeur/photographer when needed. The south turned up the sun savagely at this point. So needless to say I cannot have been more surprised to have come across the BEST SANDWICH EVER while here: Fried Green Tomato BLT!! This still ranks as my tastiest, favouritest meal of the trip so far. Win. Proof that even if you aren’t in a sorority, you can still have a killer sandwich in Macon.

Buildings in downtown Macon, Georgia on a sunny day

And to be honest, it was refreshing to have a night in a small town. We’d been hopping from big city to big city, and Macon was just this adorable Southern university town. The downtown has a very “Main Street” feel, lined with trees, brick buildings, sidewalk cafes and ice cream shops. There are big, beautiful houses with wraparound porches, white columns and American flags flying out front. And the people are just nice: I don’t think we had a friendlier waitress or more helpful tourist office aide the whole trip.

Note: The Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau kindly offered us complimentary accommodation at the Holiday Inn–North Macon (which was absolutely fabulous!), but all opinions are my own. 

Have you ever gone out of your way to see a place that you had a “connection” with?

  • lace

    Wish those walls could talk! I’d listen all day!

  • Cat

    You’re making me nostalgic for college! I’m an AB (Iowa) and remember reading your article on how sorority life prepared you for life abroad. Been following your journey ever since! Sending pi love from Spain.

  • The fact that you worked Macon and Wesleyan into your American road trip is pure awesomeness. I feel like I should be throwing “First. Finest. Forever.” in here somewhere.

  • Amanda

    I’m a KKG, and while I was never that into ritual, I think it’s awesome you fit a stop here into your trip. I’m not sure if I’ll ever visit Monmouth College but maybe I should! I love that you rep sorority life so hard too! I have no idea what it’s actually like in the south but sororities in CA are just not like the movies you watch and stories you hear.

  • camorose

    Agreed!

  • camorose

    Aww thanks! Definitely miss all the fun of Greek life 🙂 Lots of pi love from NYC!

  • camorose

    Pi love!!!

  • camorose

    Haha sororities in California are much more laid-back than the South, but I still had a brilliant time–met some of my absolute best friends in ADPi! Plus, it was a nice excuse to get out of the big cities and see a bit of Southern small town life 🙂

  • thomas C

    On a trip to Cape Cod with my girlfriend, I insisted we stop at Plymouth, my girlfriend humored me but didn’t fully understand until we entered the Mayflower descendents headquarters. There I gave them my name and was from then on treated like ‘royalty’ (slight exaggeration) and welcome into the back room to see my family files. It was totally unplanned, on a spur of the moment kind of thing, but it was very rewarding.

  • camorose

    That’s so cool!

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  • Elizabeth

    I know you posted this a few years ago but I’m an ADPi (went to college in San Diego a few years ago and live in Philly now) and I was in Georgia this past week for work…I found out I was near Macon and decided to stop by too! I was googling Alpha Delta Pi related sites in Macon and found your page and love it! I even went to the Rookery and had that delicious sandwich! Thanks!

  • camorose

    YAY! I love that!!!