The Hays House is closed for the winter and will reopen on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Meanwhile, stay warm, and stay tuned for news about the special events we've planned.
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The Hays House is a historic site built in 1788 in Bel Air, MD. Now, it is a living history museum that demonstrates what life was like in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
324 Kenmore Ave
Bel Air, MD
Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. Children four years old and younger are free. For special events adults are $5 and students and seniors $3.
|Sunday||13:00 - 16:00|
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In 1788, John Bull built a one-and-one-half story gambrel roofed house on lots #39 and #41 in Bel Air (also called Belle Aire in various court documents). The original configuration comprised a hallway, main room, staircase, and two upstairs bedrooms. The house had several different owners between then and 1813, when it was acquired by Thomas Archer Hays. It stayed in the Hays-Jacobs family until the late 1950s.
If not for the persistence and ingenuity of a few members of The Historical Society of Harford County, the Hays House would have been destroyed in 1960 to make way for modern buildings. As the steward of the Hays House, the Historical Society is responsible for every aspect of its use and well being. Volunteers devote much energy, imagination, and time toward ensuring that the house remains vibrant, and accessible to the community.
The mission of the Hays House is to be a history-in-action museum and a valuable educational resource that actively illustrates and recreates to the extent possible the social, cultural, economic, and practical aspects of the daily life of rural gentry during the historical period 1788 – 1820.
The Hays House is a small museum with a large vision for the future. For the present, our hope is to give our visitors a personally relevant, worthwhile experience, and the desire to return…perhaps, as a volunteer.