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.
Get ready for a barrage of
my usually bad well intentioned pictures. I won’t do much narration on these since they pretty much speak for themselves.
It was right about here in my walk about that I saw the sign that said “No photographs”. Oops! My bad. I really did feel bad about it. Honest. I was with a large group of ladies and no one said a thing to me the whole time. I’ve had a year to stew on it, and I guess I’m over it. But don’t tell. Okay?
The picture below is of the tiled front porch. Look closely and you’ll see a clear glass circle in the very center. That clear glass is actually a window that allows daylight into the basement of the home. So clever!
Even the pretty embossed relief on the bricks in the sidewalk caught my eye here.
I sure did enjoy my visit to the Hay House. If you’re EVER in Middle Georgia a) I hope you’ll call me & b) the Hay House is definitely worth stopping in to see.
Tickets are $11 for adults to get in and the hours are from 10-4 M – Sat and 1-4 on Sundays. Make sure you check out their special Christmas programs and tours too.
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