This weekend it’s time to get out of your house and learn the history of one of Macon’s grandest houses. The Hay House’s Hay Day happens twice a year, and lucky for us, one of those Saturdays is this weekend.
“Hay Day is a twice-a-year event,” said William Auldman, curator of education for the Hay House. “It’s free and open to the public, thanks to our sponsors Riverside Ford, Cox Communications and Georgia Power. There will be self-guided tours of the house, which will be open with several exhibits on display. Guests can take their time and see the house at their leisure.”
Hay Day was started in the spirit of making history accessible to all.
“One of the main reasons we started Hay Day events free to the public is to make sure that the community can see the house, especially those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford the ticket. It’s our way of reaching out to the community, preserving the history of the house and Macon, and making sure to educate the community about it,” Auldman said.
Each Hay Day event has a different theme. This weekend, the Hay House is celebrating the Hay family and the restoration of the Master Bedroom.
“The restoration of the Master Bedroom was just completed in the last several months. It began in 2015 and has been ongoing. We were able to put the final touches on the room, including refurbishing some chairs and lighting fixtures, as well as the bedspread, drapes and curtains,” Auldman said. “The bedroom looks like it did in 1953, which complies with one of the conditions of the Hay family, which they attached to the donation of this property. In addition to the furniture, guests can see a 1951 television with a broadcast from 1953, donated by WMAZ. This really helps set the tone of the period.”
In addition to the bedroom decor, there will be pictures and images of the Hay family all around the house. The photos will cover the family and life at the Hay House, as well as photos of the bedroom.
In addition to the biannual Hay Day events, the Hay House hosts several different exhibits each year.
“Our next event is Toast and Taste in October. We’ll have food and beverage vendors from local caterers and restaurants here with samples. We’ll have live and silent auctions as well. It’s a fun event, with a lot of great food and delicious cocktails,” Auldman said. “Then we will have Christmas at Hay House, starting Dec. 1. Local designers will decorate various rooms in the house. We hope to see everyone come out for all of our events.”
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 18
Where: Hay House, 934 Georgia Ave.