The Early Years: 13WMAZ Covers Wesleyan Conservatory Fire | News
During the early years in 13WMAZ's history, the new station covered extensively a local group's attempt to preserve Wesleyan College's original liberal arts building on College Street.
Chartered in 1836 as the nation's first college for women, the building fell into disrepair and was closed for good in 1953.
In its later years, it was referred to as the Wesleyan Conservatory.
To the dismay of local historians and college alumni, the federal government purchased the property for $400,000.
On Feb. 24, 1963, the bell in the conservatory's ornate tower was tolled for the last time before the dismantling of the building commenced.
Twelve days later, a fire destroyed the structure.
To this day, it remains one of the larger fires in Macon's history.
The site is now the U.S. Post Office.