Hay House celebrates Flag Day with old-fashioned fun

lshirley@macon.comJune 13, 2014 

Macon’s historic Hay House will be celebrating Flag Day with an Uncle Sam party that reflects one held at the historic home in the late 1890s.

“The house will be decorated with period-style bunting and flags. The Macon Fire Department will be bringing an antique fire truck and equipment, and we’ll have an inflatable playground,” said William Aultman, the Hay House’s curator of education.

Saturday’s event is one of two Hay Day festivals held at the house each year and is a family-friendly event.

Guests will be able to take free self-guided tours of the Italian Renaissance Revival-style home that was built during the years 1855-1859 and is currently overseen by the Georgia Trust, according to www.hayhousemacon.org.

“Mary Ellen Felton and her sister Mrs. Duncan hosted the Uncle Sam party in the 1890s,” Aultman said. “Guests were entertained with cards and served star-shaped cakes, which we’ll also have, and the tables were set up with pictures of Navy battleships of the period, which we’ll be setting up in the Green Parlor.”

Children’s activities include crafts such as an Uncle Sam hat and a popsicle stick flag, and all Hay Day visitors also will be treated to hamburgers and hot dogs from the grill.

All of the activities are free and open to the public, thanks to sponsorship by Cox Communications, Georgia Power, Riverside Ford and The Medical center of Central Georgia, Aultman said.

“We generally have Hay Day in the fall and in the spring, but we had a busy spring and decided to move it to the summer so more people could come out,” he said. “It’s a community event and we want everyone to come out and learn about the house and what we do.”

Hay Day

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 14

Where: Hay House, 934 Georgia Ave.

Cost: Free

Information: 478-942-8155, www.hayhousemacon.org

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