Macon County was created in 1832 from land ceded by the Creek Indians and named after Nathaniel Macon, a statesman and soldier from North Carolina. The county seat is Tuskegee, home to one of the oldest historically black universities in the nation, Tuskegee University.
Macon County’s principal crops are cotton, corn and vegetables. Principal employers include Tuskegee University, the Veterans’ Hospital, a greyhound racing park and the sand and gravel industry.
The county is largely rural and has a population of more than 23,000. Most people over age 25 have completed high school. The county has four elementary schools, one middle school, two high schools, a technical school, one two-year college and one four-year university.
Attractions include the George Washington Carver Museum, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee National Forest and hunting lodges.
The Extension Office employs three people full time and five part time. Current active programs include breast cancer awareness and tourism development. The county’s 4-H program involves 766 youth.