Visit the Historic Hay House in MaconHISTORY OF HAY HOUSE
One of Georgia’s most distinguished structures, the Johnston-Felton-Hay House in Macon was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974. It was built from 1855 to 1859 in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, a marked contrast to the more restrained Greek Revival architecture of the antebellum period.
The 18,000-square-foot mansion spans four levels and is crowned by a three-story cupola. Commissioned by imaginative owners and constructed by the most skillful workers of the time, its technological amenities were unsurpassed in the mid-19th century: hot and cold running water, central heat, a speaker-tube system, in-house kitchen and an elaborate ventilation system.
Only two families lived in Hay House over three generations. Most of the museum’s furnishings date from the Hay family’s occupancy (1926-1962). A few pieces are from the Johnston family (1860-1896), most notably the Eastlake-style dining room suite. The most important piece in the collection may be the 1857 marble statue, "Ruth Gleaning," by American expatriate sculptor Randolph Rogers. Click here for more history of the Hay House
As a museum, Hay House shares with its visitors the philosophy of historic preservation and introduces them to preservation methods and technology. Hay House has become a center for educational, civic and cultural events.
Guided tours teach visitors about the national significance of the architecture, its technological advances and its artistic sophistication. Guests also hear a rich social history: the Johnstons, Feltons and Hays were all historically significant families, adapting the house to their own lifestyles. Each year, more than 30,000 visitors enjoy the house's decorative arts collection, stained-glass windows and handsome cabinetry.
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.RENTALS FOR SPECIAL EVENTS
In addition to regular tours and special events, Hay House is also available for weddings, receptions, banquets and other occasions.DIRECTIONSFrom I-75 Southbound:
As you approach the interchange with I-16, stay in the left lane and take I-16 South. Immediately move into the right lane and take Exit 1A. Turn right onto Spring Street, and travel across the Ocmulgee River. Go through two traffic lights. Hay House is directly ahead at the top of the hill at 934 Georgia Avenue. Parking is available on the street in front of the house and behind the house.From I-16 Northbound:
Exit at 1B - Second Street Macon. Loop around to the traffic light at Walnut Street. Turn right. At the third traffic light (Spring Street), turn left. Hay House is directly ahead at the top of the hill at 934 Georgia Avenue. Parking is available on the street in front of the house and behind the house.From I-75 Northbound:
Near the interchange with I-16, follow the signs to Savannah. Travel south on I-16 south. Exit at 1A. Turn right onto Spring Street and travel across the Ocmulgee River. Go through two traffic lights. Hay House is directly ahead at the top of the hill at 934 Georgia Avenue. Parking is available on the street in front of the house and behind the house.