Macon County Little Known Facts
- Tuskegee University’s band is the oldest HBCU marching band.
- Tuskegee University was the first HBCU to have a football stadium.
- Osceola, the legendary Seminole Chief was born in Macon County.
- Macon County originally included neighboring cities, Union Springs and Auburn.
- Tuskegee National Forest is the smallest national forest in America.
- Macon County was once covered by a prehistoric ocean.
- The Rosenwald School program was originally started by Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University).
- The Town of Shorter was named after Governor John Gill Shorter.
- In 1842, Amos Moore purchased 160 acres of land and the area became known as Moore’s Cross Roads. In 1849, the name was changed to Notasulga.
- Zora Neale Hurston was born in Notasulga
- Railroad service first came to Macon County in 1840 when the Montgomery Railroad reached Franklin.
- Tuskegee suffered a fire in 1858, which destroyed most of the downtown area.
- Tuskegee was named after a nearby Creek Indian village.