As I have lamented before there isn’t a whole lot to do here in Middle Georgia, especially on the cultural front. However, last December I was fortunate enough to attend a luncheon at the historic Hay House in downtown Macon, GA.
You all know that I’m a sucker for architecture and history. This beauty is the mother-load of both!
A little background on the 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.
The Hay House is a beautifully restored home sitting on top of a hill overlooking downtown Macon, GA. When I visited this magnificent historical site it was all decorated for Christmas.