The Wesleyan College campus is among the most extensive and intact early twentieth century-planned campuses in Georgia, with little if any incompatible new development or intrusive parking lots that characterize many other campuses. A unified design from the beginning, later additions have followed the original plan. The large, open, central quadrangle is a design that dates back to mid-sixteenth century Cambridge, England, reflecting the layout of monasteries of the time whose design became associated with education.
Due to the efforts of the Wesleyan College Alumnae Association, the entire Wesleyan campus is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the Wesleyan College Historic District. The designation was approved for Wesleyan in 2004 because the campus meets four areas of significance – architecture, landscape architecture, community planning and development, and education. The Wesleyan College Historic District includes the entire 200-acre campus and consists of approximately thirty buildings, the majority of which are Georgian Revival-style and historically significant.
Go south on I-75, through Forsyth. Past Forsyth, at the Visitor's Center, bear right onto I-475 South. The second exit is #9, Zebulon Road. (There are signs indicating that this is the Wesleyan College exit.) Exit and turn left onto Zebulon Road. You will go several miles and through three traffic lights at Zebulon Road, which turns residential once you have gone past the immediate area of the interstate. Zebulon Road ends at Forsyth Road. Turn right and, within a mile, the college will be on the right.
Coming in on US 80 or Ga. Hwy. 22, get on I-475 North and go to Exit #9, Zebulon Road. (There are signs indicating that this is the Wesleyan College exit.) Exit and turn right onto Zebulon Road. You will go several miles and through three traffic lights at Zebulon Road, which turns residential once you have gone past the immediate area of the interstate. Zebulon Road ends at Forsyth Road. Turn right and, within a mile, the college will be on the right.
Go north on I-75. Before you get into Macon, bear left onto I-475, the Macon Bypass. Go to Exit #9, Zebulon Road. (There are signs indicating that this is the Wesleyan College exit.) Exit and turn right onto Zebulon Road. You will go several miles and through three traffic lights at Zebulon Road, which turns residential once you have gone past the immediate area of the interstate. Zebulon Road ends at Forsyth Road. Turn right and, within a mile, the college will be on the right.
Take I-16 West until it ends at I-75. Stay to the right and merge onto I-75 North. On I-75, you will have a sense that you are skirting the city, which is to your left. Go to the second exit, Exit #169, Arkwright Road. Exit, turn left, and go straight at the light across Riverside Drive. At the next light, turn right onto Northside Drive. Go straight through the light at Forest Hill Road. (The change from business to residential is rather abrupt once you have crossed Forest Hill Road.) At the caution light, turn left onto Wesleyan Drive. When Wesleyan Drive intersects Rivoli Drive, it jogs left and then immediately right, crosses the railroad tracks, and ends at Forsyth Road, at the campus. Turn left onto Forsyth Road and right into the campus. (From Milledgeville or Gray, you will turn right onto I-16/I-75 North from Gray Highway as you are coming into Macon.)
Take I-16 West until it ends at I-75. Stay to the left and merge onto I-75 South. Cross the Ocmulgee River Bridge and get into the right-hand lane to exit at Hardeman Avenue. Exit, turn right, and continue on Hardeman Avenue (Georgia Highway 41) as it changes name to Vineville Avenue and then to Forsyth Road. Several miles off the Interstate you will cross under a railroad overpass at Rivoli. Look for the campus in about one mile on the left.
When people remark at the splendor of the Wesleyan campus - and everyone does – they often mention the classic building architecture, consistency of design, or the spacious layout of the campus. But what really provides a ‘bow on the package’ is the trees. Since the Rivoli campus was built in 1928, the Wesleyan College property has transitioned from a dairy farm (cow pasture) to one of the richest and most diverse tree canopies in Middle Georgia.
Whatever trees existed on the original site of the Rivoli campus were probably lost during construction in the 1920s. Old photos of the new campus show massive lawns, indicating that tree planting began in the 1930s with stately oaks along the main quad as a central feature. The wooded back campus, known as the Arboretum, was allowed to grow undisturbed. READ MORE
The arboretum comprises 100 acres of mixed pine and hardwood forest and lies within the boundaries of Wesleyan’s suburban Rivoli campus. More than 100 species of trees, shrubs, and woody vines provide habitat for a diverse assortment of salamanders, snakes, lizards, and mammals, as well as more than 150 species of resident and migratory birds.
The Dice Anderson Cabin, and the Ellen Ann Edenfield Pavilion, serve as rustic focal points for classes, meetings, and special events. More than three miles of trails interlace the forest and provide year-round opportunities for strolling, hiking, and cross-country running. MORE INFORMATION
Wesleyan College offers a limited number of community memberships to Mathews Athletic Center. The athletic center provides women and men with a safe and conveniently located health club option in North Macon. Members enjoy the private setting with views of scenic Foster Lake and Wesleyan's Nancy Ellis Knox Equestrian Center.
The historic Porter House was moved to campus on Tucker Road in 2013. The House serves as meeting and event space, including memorials to the lives and contributions of James Hyde and Olive Swann Porter.
Wesleyan College is privileged to steward many arts and cultural events and share them with the community. Most are free and open to the public. Wesleyan art galleries are open M-F 1:30 – 5:00 PM and on Wesleyan Market Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.View More
Tour our beautiful 200-acre campus featuring Georgian architecture, lush green spaces, recreational facilities, residence halls, and worship center.Tour Now
Wesleyan College is home to five NCAA Division III sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and softball. In addition, we offer an award-winning Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Equestrian program.Learn More