The Hays House

The Hays House 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 century

The Hays House is part of the Harford County Historical Society. We are open every Sunday from 1-4pm March through December. We have tours, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.

Lots of exciting news from The Hays House Museum this week! First, we extend a heartfelt Thank You! to the Smithson Ques...
06/02/2019

Lots of exciting news from The Hays House Museum this week!

First, we extend a heartfelt Thank You! to the Smithson Questers for funding a very important restoration project for us.

For many years, an impressive portrait of Mrs. Cassandra G. Smithson Gover (1824-1920), painted by Alfred Jacob Miller (1810-1874), hung in our dining room above the hearth. When the portrait was removed so the wall could be painted, the number and size of cracks in the frame prevented us from replacing it, lest it be further damaged.

Several months later the Questers gave us a generous grant for the frame's restoration, and now Mrs. Gover is back in her usual place of honor in Mr. Hays's house.

We hope you'll stop in to see her at one of our upcoming events! Stay tuned for more good news.

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05/03/2019
The Hays House

The Hays House

Yay, it's 5/3/2019, the First Friday of May!

As a special treat, the Hays House will be open tonight from 5 to 7 p.m.

You can see the I Remember When display, and enjoy an informal tour through Bel Air's oldest house. It's fun and it's free! We'll see you soon!

05/03/2019

Yay, it's 5/3/2019, the First Friday of May!

As a special treat, the Hays House will be open tonight from 5 to 7 p.m.

You can see the I Remember When display, and enjoy an informal tour through Bel Air's oldest house. It's fun and it's free! We'll see you soon!

Here are two reminders for Sunday, March 10! 1: Remember to set your clocks forward one hour for daylight savings time, ...
03/09/2019

Here are two reminders for Sunday, March 10!

1: Remember to set your clocks forward one hour for daylight savings time, and
2: Remember to come to the Hays House by 1:30 for our special performance of "Margaret Brent and the Indians" by Mary Ann Jung!

The admission for this very special event is $5 adults, $3 seniors and students.

We're looking forward to the start of our 2019 season!

Stop in today before 4 p.m. to see our lovely natural decorations and hear Catherine Street Consort!
12/02/2018

Stop in today before 4 p.m. to see our lovely natural decorations and hear Catherine Street Consort!

12/01/2018

Visit the Hays House today! We are open from 1 to 4 pm.

Thank you to all who participated in our lively hearth cooking day at the Hays House! Cooks, volunteers, and visitors sp...
11/13/2018

Thank you to all who participated in our lively hearth cooking day at the Hays House! Cooks, volunteers, and visitors spent some fun hours in Thomas and Betsy Hays's kitchen--no doubt, more fun than was had "back in the day."
Our next event is our Christmas Open House, on December 1 and 2, when the house will be dressed in its holiday best!

09/20/2018

The Hays House will be open this Sunday, September 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. You may have seen on some calendars that we were to have a special event, but due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, the special event is not taking place. Instead, we will be open as a regular Sunday. Stop in and spend a few very enjoyable hours with us! You'll be glad you did, we promise.

09/08/2018

The Hays House will be open on Sunday, September 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. It will be a great time to visit us!

08/12/2018

For your visiting pleasure, the Hays House will open today (8/12) at 1 pm and close at 4 pm. We’d love for you to visit us today!

07/22/2018

The Hays House is open today from 1 to 4 p.m. Stop by! It's free!

06/24/2018

The Dollhouse event is sold out! Thank you for your interest!

If you didn't visit Hays House on "First Fridays in Bel Air" on June 1, you missed meeting some adventuresome people, an...
06/02/2018

If you didn't visit Hays House on "First Fridays in Bel Air" on June 1, you missed meeting some adventuresome people, and this picture proves it! After closing the Hays House, Jeanne, Susan, and Art went into town in their "work" clothes to join the fun. We enjoyed meeting all of the friendly people who made a point to ask us about our outfits and about Hays House! By the way, we think our Founding Fathers would have loved the selection of libations available.

05/04/2018

Don't forget to visit the Hays House tonight between 5 and 7 p.m. for our very first First Friday event! We're quite excited to participate in one of Bel Air's excellent community happenings. And remember, it's FREE and it's FUN!

04/06/2018

If you've ever thought how interesting and other-worldly it would be to sit in Thomas and Betsy Hays's house for just a leisurely visit, you'll have your chance this Sunday, April 8! The Hays House will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and you are invited to bring a sewing or other crafty project and sit with us for a pleasant (but productive) chin-wag. Don't know what a chin-wag is? We'll show & tell you, so do please drop in this Sunday. We can't wait to visit with you!

What a fun time we had yesterday! The Nancy Ann Storybook doll collection is also the story of how Rowena Haskin turned ...
03/26/2018

What a fun time we had yesterday! The Nancy Ann Storybook doll collection is also the story of how Rowena Haskin turned her passion for clothing design into a vastly successful business--way back in the late 1930s. Thank you to Barbara Park for sharing her own passion for Nancy Ann dolls and their creator with us, the lovely ladies who shared their dolls with us, and everyone who shared some of their time with us!

Happening today!
03/25/2018

Happening today!

Come to the Hays House this Sunday, March 25, for Barbara Park's "tell 'n show" about her Nancy Ann Storybook doll collection! We open at 1 p.m. The presentation begins at 1:30. Admission for this special event is $5 adults, $3 seniors & students. Join us for some vintage memories! You can even bring your own Nancy Ann doll to show and to tell us her story.

Come to the Hays House this Sunday, March 25, for Barbara Park's "tell 'n show" about her Nancy Ann Storybook doll colle...
03/22/2018

Come to the Hays House this Sunday, March 25, for Barbara Park's "tell 'n show" about her Nancy Ann Storybook doll collection! We open at 1 p.m. The presentation begins at 1:30. Admission for this special event is $5 adults, $3 seniors & students. Join us for some vintage memories! You can even bring your own Nancy Ann doll to show and to tell us her story.

The Hays House
03/19/2018

The Hays House

Come to the Hays House this Sunday, March 25, for Barbara Park's "tell 'n show" about her Nancy Ann Storybook doll collection! We're open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for this special event is $5 adults, $3 seniors & students. Join us for some vintage memories!

Come to the Hays House this Sunday, March 25, for Barbara Park's "tell 'n show" about her Nancy Ann Storybook doll colle...
03/19/2018

Come to the Hays House this Sunday, March 25, for Barbara Park's "tell 'n show" about her Nancy Ann Storybook doll collection! We're open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for this special event is $5 adults, $3 seniors & students. Join us for some vintage memories!

Here´s a little bit that you missed if you weren't at the Hays House today.
03/11/2018

Here´s a little bit that you missed if you weren't at the Hays House today.

03/11/2018

Be sure to set your clocks ahead an hour--we wouldn't want you to miss a single minute of our grand re-opening and hand weaving presentation, which happens on Sunday, March 11, at 1 p.m.

03/04/2018

Happy, sunny Sunday from your friendly Hay House volunteers! Today we will begin cleaning winter's cobwebs from the house in preparation for next Sunday's grand reopening and our new exhibit. Of course you can help! So glad you asked! Just show up at 1 p.m. with your favorite dustrag in hand. We can't wait to meet you!

12/06/2017

We were thrilled to see so many visitors for our Christmas open house! We're grateful to Catherine Street Consort for lovely entertainment, and happy to meet so many new Hays House friends. We hope to see you again after our winter break. We will reopen in March, 2018. Stay tuned in for our schedule of special events. Happy, joyous, safe Holidays to all!

Preparing a "Pruen Pudding" to be boiled in a cloth.
11/12/2017

Preparing a "Pruen Pudding" to be boiled in a cloth.

Conversation with visitors. Kathy Scholl, Charlotte McIntyre, and Arthur Benser.
11/12/2017

Conversation with visitors. Kathy Scholl, Charlotte McIntyre, and Arthur Benser.

Nice bed of coals already.
11/12/2017

Nice bed of coals already.

Getting the hearth ready for today's cooking. Hope to see you here!
11/12/2017

Getting the hearth ready for today's cooking. Hope to see you here!

11/08/2017

Our annual fall hearth cooking event happens this Sunday, November 12, starting at 1 p.m. It's one of the ways we try to bring the past into the present so we don’t lose the history of ordinary things. We'll be cooking over an open fire in the Hays House kitchen, dressed in our 18th century reproduction clothing, for an experience as near to the time period as we can get. We’ll be talking about the ways cooking techniques and food preferences differ from then to now. One of the most interesting things we’re cooking is a --------- that would have been very popular back then. The fascinating thing is the cooking technique. The -------------- goes into a ------------ which is then put in a pot of ----------------- for 2-3 hours. The recipe comes from a cookbook published in 1758. It's a very English dish that might even have been served at a place like Downton Abby. Hmmmm. If you want to know what goes in the blank spaces, visit with us on Sunday! Admission is only $5 adults; $3 seniors and students.

06/08/2017

Tune in to Smash Hits WHGM on Thursday morning (June 8) by 8:30 a.m. to listen to our interview on the Mallow in the Morning show about this Sunday's event at the Hays House Museum!

05/12/2017

The Hays House Museum will be closed this Sunday, May 14, so that our volunteers can spend Mother's Day with their families. Message us if you had planned to visit that day. Our next special event happens on Sunday, June 11. Stay tuned for details!

03/13/2017

The Hays House museum volunteers thank everyone (nearly 50 of you!) who came to our "To be Clean...or Not, in the 18th Century" presentation! We hope you enjoyed the "show" and were able to take a new view of cleanliness home. We also hope you'll be back for the rest of our Learning Bee series in 2017. Stay tuned for details of our next event.

The Hays House Museum presents "It's Personal, and Private--To be Clean, or not, in the days before indoor plumbing" thi...
03/10/2017

The Hays House Museum presents "It's Personal, and Private--To be Clean, or not, in the days before indoor plumbing" this Sunday, March 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.! Kathy Scholl and Susan Wooden will talk about how bodily cleanliness happened...or didn't...in the 18th century. It's the first event in our informal Learning Bee series. We'll also have some show & tell, and Q&A. Hope to see you there! Admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors and students, and includes a wander through Bel Air's oldest house.

Hays House friends, take a look at the awesome work being done by a very dedicated little group of Historical Society vo...
02/20/2017
Harford volunteers preserve the threads of history

Hays House friends, take a look at the awesome work being done by a very dedicated little group of Historical Society volunteers!

A team of volunteers are sorting and preserving hundreds of textiles at the Harford Historical Society.

12/10/2016

The Hays House Museum is closed for the winter. We will reopen in March!

12/04/2016

You need a break from your Christmas preparations, and we can help! Come to the Hays House today (Sunday, December 4) and relax as you listen to lovely music and take your time looking at the Country Garden Club's spendid natural decorations. The house is beautifully decorated, and today's admission is free! We look forward to seeing you between 1 and 4 p.m. today.

11/13/2016

Are you in need of a peaceful, relaxed afternoon? So are we! Kathy Scholl and Susan Wooden will open the Hays House door at 1 p.m. today (Sunday, November 13) and are happy to invite you to spend a few hours with us in Mr. Hays's lovey home. Bring your needlework, or the book you haven't had time to read, or nothing at all but yourself. See you then!

10/23/2016

Come join us for Children's Day! There will be historical games and activities 1-4pm

10/23/2016

Come join us today for Children's Day! There will be fun historical games and activities 1-4pm

Do you love vintage clothing and textiles, and wish you could work with them in a history setting? You’re in luck! The...
09/01/2016

Do you love vintage clothing and textiles, and wish you could work with them in a history setting? You’re in luck! The Historical Society of Harford County has plenty of opportunity for willing (and responsible) volunteers to help catalog and organize our extensive collection of textiles. No previous experience is needed—we’ll train you to help with researching and identifying; conserving and storing; labeling, cataloging, and photographing individual items in our collection. We also need volunteers to help with entering the information into our Past Perfect digital database. Interested? We hope so! Send us a FaceBook message/email, or call the Historical Society headquarters at 410-838-7691. We can't wait to meet you!

07/10/2016

The Hays House will be open today, Sunday, July 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit us! Admission is $3.

06/11/2016

Hays House will be open on Sunday, June 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. Stop in!

06/11/2016

Do stop by tomorrow, Sunday, June 12! Kathy Scholl, Susan Wooden, and Mercy Ingraham will be here just hanging out. For a mere $3, you can tour the house, bring your needlework project and sew with us, and talk to Mercy (one of our favorite foodies!) about food and history. We'd so love to see you and make new friends!

06/05/2016

Visit us today from 1 to 4 for a fascinating talk about salt glaze pottery!

Address

324 Kenmore Ave
Bel Air, MD
21014

General information

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.

Opening Hours

Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(410) 838-7691

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