Gift Shop

The Side Porch Gift Shop at the Sidney Lanier Cottage offers unique, Macon-themed gifts for anyone interested in learning more about the history and culture of the South.

Books, glassware, decorative items and posters are just some of the many items featured in our gift shop.

The items listed below are available online and can be shipped anywhere in the world for a small fee. Please contact us if you have further questions about our gift shop at 478.743.3851.

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Historic Macon: An Illustrated History by Jim Barfield

This book is meant to provide some understanding of Macon and how it came to be the city that it is. To cover Macon’s history in depth would require several large volumes. This history is a compact synthesis compiled from many sources which were produced through many years.

This book is $34.95 and is hard cover.


A Tour Through Time: An Architectural Guidebook to the Houses of Macon, Georgia by David Lewis

Historic Macon Foundation is proud to present this full-color 33-page architectural guidebook to the houses of Macon, GA. Oxford-educated architectural historian David Frazer Lewis authored the guide, which features many different styles and features of homes in Macon.

This book is the first of its kind and will remain a reliable source for anyone interested in learning more about historic architecture in the South.

Professional photography by Walter Elliott and guided maps including the houses featured in the book make this book perfect for your coffee table or reference library.

The book is only $14.95 and is softcover.


Walking on Cotton: A Civil War & Emancipation Era Guide to Macon, GA by Conie Mac Darnell

In 1823, Macon’s town planners laid out a formal grid of square blocks. A farmer following the old Federal Road drove his team with a wagon full of cotton right through the engineer’s stakes to the river. The engineers wove the angled road into the fabric of the city naming it Cotton Avenue after its benefactor.

Tales of war and emancipation are woven into southern culture as well. Stories survive of relatives, religion, and race in the growing city of Macon and surrounding farms. From maps, pictures, and fascinating accounts, Darnell opens a window into the lives of Maconites—black and white: how they lived, where they worked and worshiped, how they died and where they were buried. Come… let’s take a walk on Cotton.

This book is $24.00 and is soft cover.


Let’s Get Cooking, published by Rebuilding Macon

It comes as no surprise that Rebuilding Macon has produced Let’s Get Cooking, a cookbook featuring over a dozen of Macon’s best restaurants. The volunteers and staff of Rebuilding Macon work year-round rehabilitating the homes of low-income homeowners, so they know how to build up a healthy appetite!

Macon’s gifted chefs and cooks have generously contributed their recipes for this beautiful cookbook in support of the mission of Rebuilding Macon.

This book is only $23.50 and is hardcover.


Orange Terrace by Rick Maier

On the edge of Macon’s historic district stands a row of old houses on a street named Orange Terrace. When straw man Sam Hooper sets out to purchase the properties to expand the sprawling medical complex, he runs headlong into owners with shadowy bonds that date back decades.

One of Sam’s clients is found face down in his hot tub; then another dies mysteriously. Business gets personal when Sam begins dating the beautiful daughter of another resident.

A routine project suddenly spins out of control as Sam learns that wrinkles and weak memories cannot mask wicked choices made back in the day.

This book is only $16.75 and is soft cover.


A Peculiar Tribe of People by Rick Hutto

On May 12, 1960, as John F. Kennedy campaigned for the presidency, Chester Burge – slumlord, liquor runer, and the black sheep of the proud (and wealthy) Dunlap family of Macon, Georgia – lay in a hospital bed, recovering from surgery. He listened to the radio as the news reported that his wife had just been murdered. Police soon ruled out robbery as a motive, and suspicion centered upon the Ku Klux Klan, which two weeks earlier had descended upon his house to protest his renting of homes in white neighborhoods to black families. Then, on June 1, Chester was charged with the murder, and when the trial finally began, the sweet Southern town of Macon witnessed a story of epic proportions a tale of white-columned mansions, an insane asylum, real people as “Southern grotesque” as the characters of Flannery O’Connor and a volatile mix of taboo interracial relationships and homosexuality.

This was a story as fantastical as a Greek tragedy, and it is told in riveting detail in Richard Jay Hutto’s A Peculiar Tribe of People.

The book is only $24.95 and is hardcover.


Historic Macon Tea Towel

The Historic Macon Tea Towel features art of Macon’s historic buildings.

The tea towels are $15.99 and make wonderful presents for anyone who loves Macon or historic architecture.

Featuring quality fabric and impressive art work, Historic Macon’s Tea Towel will make a great addition to any bar or kitchen.


Historic Macon Wine Goblet

These beautiful wine goblets feature art of Macon’s historic buildings.

The wine glasses are $15.99 and make wonderful presents for anyone who loves Macon or historic architecture.

Featuring durable glass and impressive art work, Historic Macon’s wine goblet will make a great addition to any bar.


Historic Macon Pub Glass

These beautiful pub glasses feature art of Macon’s historic buildings.

The pub glasses are $10.99 and make wonderful presents for anyone who loves Macon or historic architecture.

Featuring durable glass and impressive art work, Historic Macon’s pub glass will make a great addition to any bar.


Sidney Lanier Cottage Ornament

This 3-dimensional commemorative ornament featuring the Sidney Lanier Cottage will make a great addition to your holiday tree.

Featuring the beautiful front facade of one of Macon’s only house museums and the birthplace of Sidney Lanier, this will make a wonderful gift for anyone on your list.

The ornament is only $14.95


Sunrise by Jacquelyn Cook

In 1849, Anne Tracy, a cultured, bookish young woman confined by antebellum society, married a railroad baron in her hometown of Macon, Georgia, William Butler Johnston, tweny years her senior. During their lenghty European honeymoon, Anne and William’s formal marriage blossomed into an enchanting love story. The Johnstons returned home and built one of the most fabulous Italianate mansions in the South. Anne’s privileged life was soon tested by tragedy and war. Her journey from bitter heartbreak to renewed faith and forgiveness created a powerful legacy far greater than money.

Sunrise, filled with meticulous research and authentic detail, tells the true story behind the marbled halls of the Johnston-Felton-Hay mansion, now one of modern Georgia’s most acclaimed historic estates.

Jacquelyn Cook is a noted inspirational and historical author.

The book is only $16.95 and is soft cover.


The Greenwood Legacy by Jacquelyn Cook

In 1827, newlyweds Lavinia and Thomas Jones moved into a cabin in the vast pine forests of South Georgia. Over the decades to come, their magnificent home, Greenwood, rose among the pines, and their family grew and prospered. But their faith, love and future were tested by the joys and sorrows of a turbulent era, including the war that nearly destroyed their beloved homeland.

In the authentic storytelling tradition of Eugenia Price and Gilbert Morris, author Jacquelyn Cook turns the true story of the Jones family into a rich drama. The Greenwood Legacy is a sweeping epic covering three generations of one of the most unforgettable families of the American South.

The book is only $16.95 and is soft cover.


The Gates of Trevalyan by Jacquelyn Cook

The Gates of Trevalyan brings the turbulent years before, during and after the Civil War to vivid and passionate life. Trevalyan, the beautiful central-Georgia plantation where idealistic young Jenny Mobley and aristocratic Charles King marry and build a life together, becomes a symbol of the heartache and division brought by the nation’s bitter wounds.

Author Jacquelyn Cook weaves the King family’s story into a tapestry featuring the most compelling figures of the time – from charismatic statesman Alexander to Stephens to Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis and many others. Richly detailed and intensely researched, The Gates of Trevalyan breathes the spirit of great storytelling into a fascinating historical era.

The book is only $16.95 and is softcover.


The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted insider her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

The book is only $24.95 and is hardcover.


The History of Camp Wheeler, Georgia by Frank M. McKenney

This book is $22.00 and is hardcover.


The Judges and Lawyers of Macon by Frank M. McKenney

This book is $22.00 and is hardcover.


Macon Poetry by Frank M. McKenney

This book is $15.00 and is hardcover.


The Standing Army by Frank M. McKenney

This book is $21.25 and is hardcover.