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Allman Brothers museum welcomes more people after getting next-door property

Allman Brothers Band museum/WGXA

MACON, Ga. -- It's no secret Macon is rich in music history. And, for the Allman Brothers Band, their legacy continues to grow. Now, The Big House is looking to expand as attendance increases.

"To this day, I’m 67 years old and I still listen to the music. It’s changed my life,” said longtime fan Mike Garner.

Garner said the Allman Brothers Band music was life changing for him. He has the books, the records, but most importantly, the memories - recalling watching numerous performances in the mid-state decades ago.

“Macon became popular all over the world because of these guys. They changed a lot of people’s lives following them from their younger years to just recently,” said Garner.

Musician B. Keith Williams has his own memories, too, playing on stage with Gregg Allman.

“In 1983, Gregg’s first performance back in Macon, since he had left Macon in the late 70's, was at the Macon City Auditorium. I got the honor of opening the show for him and it was quite an experience,” said Williams.

At the band's museum on Vineville Avenue in Macon, memorabilia covers the walls. Attendance has picked up since Gregg Allman's passing.

“Everybody loves the Allman Brothers. Everybody has a story and they want to share it. That’s why we’re here. We want to hear it,” said museum curator Richard Brent.

With more people coming through the door, the museum is looking to grow. It has even acquired the house next door.

"With enough fundraising, that will soon become our offices and archive upstairs,” said Brent.

Once offices are moved, the third floor of the Big House can then be renovated. Also in the works, a wall of remembrance at Rose Hill Cemetery - the final resting place for Gregg and Duane Allman and Berry Oakley.

“It’s going to be the ultimate shrine for fans to come pay their respects to the original six, the Allman Brothers band,” said Brent.

Brent said he isn't sure of a completion date for the memorial at Rose Hill Cemetery.

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