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“How The Other Half Lived!”
Review of Hay House

Hay House
Ranked #2 of 48 things to do in Macon
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: An Italian Renaissance villa open for public touring.
Stirling, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
68 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“How The Other Half Lived!”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

Interesting tour by knowledgeable guides. Amazing to see how some people were able to have banquets during the 1930s depression. A lot of money spent on the house, very opulent. Beautiful stained glass windows.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Alex F
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English first
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
145 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“Surprisingly gorgeous”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

OK, so another old house to visit. But WOW! The main floor, fully restored is a gem of architecture and style. Such luxurious materials, detailing, brilliant design features. I loves this house. Happily, our tour group was small so the guide could spend extra time talking and explaining. The upper floor and children's wing are also interesting. Three different families lived here over the 120+ years, each leaving their own footprint. Recommended highly! After the hour-long tour, you are welcome to linger in the partly restored basement level.
Highlight of our visit to Macon.

Visited March 2013
2 Thank Aviron
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Laguna Beach, CA
Level Contributor
67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Hays House Highly Recommended!”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

As an architect, I can honestly say the Hays House is an interesting example of 1860's era southern architecture. The beautiful and stately brick manor sits atop the hill overlooking Macon and includes interesting (1860's) state-of-the-art technologies. The Foundation has done a good job restoring the exterior and (main level) interiors which transcends you in time when the manor was in it's prime.
I found it interesting that the original owner (the Johnston's) faux painted marble and wood wainscoting in the public areas. The tour guide explained this was what the Johnston's wanted to do to show their sophistication in art. More likely it was because the Johnston's couldn't afford the imported marble and carved wood during the Civil War to finish the house.
Faux painting aside, there are very beautiful and unique features of the house that make it special.
Note that the Foundation has restored the main level of the house but the upper levels are basically in original condition and in dire need of restoration. The Foundation needs to install a modern climate control system (museum quality) to prevent the further deterioration of the interior.
Please tour this house and donate to the foundation so our future generations can enjoy history!
(please note that this is a unbiased review - I am not a Foundation member)

Visited February 2013
1 Thank Hotel-Designer
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Macon, Georgia
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30 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A way of life in the 1800s”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

A wonderful place to see first hand how grand it was to live in the 1800s provided you had the funds. It is also a wonderful museum to see history. They constructed this with European Craftsmen in the mid 1800s for about $100,000.00.

Thank GeorgiaFlowerChild
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Spring Valley
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Elegance preserved”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

What an exquiste home. It's wonderful there are supporters to save this part of history. Very high, if not at the top, of the list of beautiful homes. The craftsmanship is extraordinary. A must-see when visiting Macon. Our guide loves the house and her involvement with it. Would love to be able to be there in the spring and for Christmas.

Visited January 2013
Thank Geraldine W
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