With the death of a star comes the birth of a legend.

The Allman Brothers Big House Museum

Big House Museum, Jim Marshall Clothin
The Allman Brothers Band Museum — also known as The Big House — is located at 2321 Vineville Avenue in Macon, Georgia, United States. It was the home to The Allman Brothers Band’s original members, their families, and various friends from 1970 to 1973. The Big House was renovated by The Big House Foundation and turned into an interactive museum, in order to identify and preserve the history of The Allman Brothers Band. [1]
The museum opened in November 2009.
In 1970 The Big House was rented from Day Realty for $225 a month by Linda Oakley, Berry Oakley’s wife. The house is located near Capricorn Records, which was The Allman Brothers recording studio. Also located near the house is H&H Restaurant, were the musicians were fed by Mama Louise when they could not afford to pay for food. The first tenants of the 18 bedroom, 6,000-square-foot (560 m2) home were Berry Oakley, wife Linda, daughter Brittany and sister Candy Oakley, Duane Allman, his wife Donna, and daughter Galladrielle, as well as Gregg Allman. Dickey Betts wrote Blue Sky in the living room and Ramblin’ Man in the kitchen of the Big House. “Please Call Home”, “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More”, “Leave My Blues at Home” and “Midnight Rider” were also composed by Gregg Allman while living there.[2] After the deaths of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, the band fell apart and in January 1973 Linda Oakley was evicted from the Big House. Kirk and Kristen West bought the house in the summer of 1993 with the intentions of opening it as a bed and breakfast, however renovations were too extensive. The house was left in the hands of the Big House Foundation, a non-profit organization established to turn the Big House into an interactive museum. [3]

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