Hays-Heighe House

Hays-Heighe House The Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College is an educational facility and public history site that showcases the county's diverse history.
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This renovated 1808 structure is a place to learn about our heritage through tours, exhibits, and programming. The building also hosts classes, workshops, meetings, and other special events that support the mission of the House. The house may also be rented. We invite you to discover this unique resource during our open hours. Our mission is to promote life-long learning, community engagement, critical thinking, and historical and cultural understanding within the context of local, national, and global issues.

Operating as usual

It's May, and farms with CSAs (community supported agriculture) are harvesting for weekly pickup. Harford County has a d...
05/12/2020

It's May, and farms with CSAs (community supported agriculture) are harvesting for weekly pickup. Harford County has a dozen different CSAs - have you joined one yet?

Oh, we love this! While you're out walking in your neighborhood, see if there's any plants you can name!https://www.theg...
05/03/2020
'Not just weeds': how rebel botanists are using graffiti to name forgotten flora

Oh, we love this! While you're out walking in your neighborhood, see if there's any plants you can name!

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/01/not-just-weeds-how-rebel-botanists-are-using-graffiti-to-name-forgotten-flora-aoe?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco&fbclid=IwAR1y-KzY3R3oMJKDuHxyr3Q3jZYDt8V2GWTguLuOyBkwPx4ai0l1w8MejJM

Pavement chalking to draw attention to wild flowers and plants in urban areas has gone viral across Europe – but UK chalkers could face legal action

Today would have been an appropriate day for our scheduled program on rain gardens, bioswales, and other storm water str...
04/30/2020

Today would have been an appropriate day for our scheduled program on rain gardens, bioswales, and other storm water strategies, wouldn't it?

Well, April showers bring May flowers, after all, and while you're indoors, you can start planning your own rain garden to catch that runoff!

https://extension.umd.edu/watershed/rain-gardens

Harford County Government
04/24/2020

Harford County Government

A look back to our tree plantings last year at Harford Community College to celebrate #EarthDay2020

Barry Glassman

Harford Community College is a good steward of the land of former Prospect Hill Farm; every year the campus receives new...
04/24/2020
Harford Community College receives PLANT award

Harford Community College is a good steward of the land of former Prospect Hill Farm; every year the campus receives new trees and shrubs, and contracts with a certified arborist to protect and plan treatments for its venerable (and vulnerable!) trees. This year, the College received a PLANT award for its efforts last year on Arbor Day, when 140 trees were planted.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/harford/aegis/cng-ag-xcomm-hcc-plant-award-20200422-6wk7xhli2jfwhluosas6n2d24u-story.html

The Maryland Urban and Community Forest Committee of the MD Association of District Forestry Boards, in partnership with the MD Department of Natural Resources Forest Service, has awarded Harford Community College with the Gold PLANT (People Loving and Nurturing Trees) Award.

Hays-Heighe House
04/22/2020

Hays-Heighe House

Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and this year's theme is climate change. What role can farming practices pla...
04/22/2020
Can ‘Carbon Smart’ Farming Play a Key Role in the Climate Fight?

Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and this year's theme is climate change. What role can farming practices play in slowing - or even reversing - some of the effects of climate change? Here's a deep dive into soil and carbon sequestration, with a Maryland farmer at the center:
https://e360.yale.edu/features/can-carbon-smart-farming-play-a-key-role-in-the-climate-fight

Markets are emerging to pay farmers to store more carbon in the soil by using improved agricultural practices. But flows of greenhouse gases into and out of soil are complex, and some scientists are questioning whether these efforts will actually help slow global warming.

A natural yard does have clover and dandelions along with its violets, but spring butterflies are just as grateful for t...
04/09/2020

A natural yard does have clover and dandelions along with its violets, but spring butterflies are just as grateful for these "weeds." In only a few minutes today I spotted a cabbage butterfly, and eastern tailed blue, and what turned out to be a small hummingbird moth. What will you see when you go out?

[images culled from internet; mine were too blurry to share!]

Today's Campus Walk is canceled, but what can you see in your own neighborhood? Cherries, crab apples, and magnolias are...
04/09/2020

Today's Campus Walk is canceled, but what can you see in your own neighborhood? Cherries, crab apples, and magnolias are blooming, and so are daffodils and hyacinths. But look closer - if the yard hasn't been treated with herbicides, you'll find violets, speedwell, and henbit!

While our Campus Walk event in March was canceled due to COVID-19, there were already lots of things to see out in the w...
04/08/2020

While our Campus Walk event in March was canceled due to COVID-19, there were already lots of things to see out in the woods: frogs, frog & salamander eggs, skunk cabbage, club mosses, and early wildflowers.

The menu for today's (postponed) Bees & Teas luncheon:-pear slice topped with goat cheese, garnished with radish-dried a...
04/07/2020

The menu for today's (postponed) Bees & Teas luncheon:

-pear slice topped with goat cheese, garnished with radish
-dried apricot topped with goat cheese and smoked almond
-roasted brussels sprouts salad
-curried honey sweet potato soup
-roasted root vegetables in honey sauce
-lemon honey drop cookies
-baklava

hungry yet? 🍯🐝🍯🐝

Look at all the spring babies!
04/07/2020

Look at all the spring babies!

If you have creatures that are furry or feathery, we want to see them! This week's #FarmPhotoChallenge is all about animals! #StillFarming

Be sure to include:

1. Your name
2. The Farm's name / location
3. Description of the animals
(milk cows, beef cattle, laying hens, race horses, etc)

*Some images may be used on TV or online. Please only post your photos, and make sure you have permission for all children in the photos to appear on TV or online.*

Did you know honeybees pollinate trees like maples and locusts, as well as fruit and nut trees? When bees are focused on...
04/06/2020

Did you know honeybees pollinate trees like maples and locusts, as well as fruit and nut trees? When bees are focused on a particular flowering plant, the honey their hive produces has a different flavor. Ruth Anne Snyder of Snyder Apiaries brought a variety of honeys for us to taste-test at our first tea.

Spoiler alert: they were all fantastic!

https://www.snydersapiaries.com/honey

04/03/2020

Maryland Public Television's show, "Maryland Farm & Harvest," frequently covers issues relating to soil conservation: irrigation, no-till farming, cover crops, buffer strips, and more. They even feature farms here in Harford County! Seven seasons are available to view online.
https://www.pbs.org/show/maryland-farm-harvest/episodes/

04/01/2020
Erosion and Soil

No foolin' - this demonstration is an experiment in soil conservation you can try yourself! And when you're walking outside, look around to see what ground cover is used near your home.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im4HVXMGI68

Jared explains why erosion occurs more slowly when soil is paired with leaf debris or plants, in this simple demonstration you can try at home or in class! A...

03/31/2020
Soil Conservation Service - 80 Years Young

"Save Our Soil" - Why kick up so much dust over a little dirt? Well, FDR argued that "a nation that destroys its soil destroys itself," and created the Soil Conservation Service to combat the conditions that helped create the Dust Bowl.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23rz2-f6QPY

The Soil Conservation Service was born of the Soil Conservation Act 1938. This video celebrates the origin, past and current day of the SCS.

03/30/2020
Soil Conservation

Although week's lecture, "Save Our Soil," has been canceled, there are lots of great resources online to learn about soil conservation - history, science experiments, and farming techniques. The video below explains some common conservation techniques on farms. Next time you're driving through the countryside, see how many you can spot!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UeVvUzgJAY

Combating soil erosion is a common practice for farmers utilizing filter strips, notill, and other conservation procedures. See how farmers are making a diff...

We follow HCC's policy decisions, and so HHH is CLOSED until at least 3/24. Our event for 3/12 (campus walk) is CANCELED...
03/11/2020

We follow HCC's policy decisions, and so HHH is CLOSED until at least 3/24. Our event for 3/12 (campus walk) is CANCELED. We'll let you know about the 3/24 event (living history) as soon as the decision is made.

All classes at Harford Community College have been canceled for Thursday and Friday, March 12 & 13 so that faculty and staff may prepare to implement an online working and learning environment for March 23-29. As scheduled, the College will be closed for Spring Break March 14-22. Updates will be communicated via the HCCAlertMe system and at www.harford.edu/coronavirus

Bee lovers, take note!
03/09/2020
WYPR

Bee lovers, take note!

Area beekeepers say bees are being poisoned by chemicals used on farms and on residential lawns.

Ways to reverse the trend:
🌻pollinator-friendly garden
🚫weeding
🚫pesticides
🚫cutting the grass. Well, sorta.

Reporter John Lee explains ⬇️

03/02/2020

Harford County: Our Land & Environment

Feels like spring out there! Our spring exhibit opens tomorrow at 12 pm, and will be on view until the end of May. Join ...
03/02/2020

Feels like spring out there! Our spring exhibit opens tomorrow at 12 pm, and will be on view until the end of May. Join us for the opening!

Hays-Heighe House's cover photo
03/02/2020

Hays-Heighe House's cover photo

12/17/2019

Can you top Harford Community College librarians in creating a clever thoroughbred horse name? There are a lot of rules!

-18 characters max (counts spaces and punctuation)
-can't end in horse terms (stallion, mare, filly, colt)
-can't be a current or famous historical horse
-can't include a specific track or race
-can't be named after a person without permission
-can't be all numbers or initials

See our librarians' entries in the comments, and post your own!

Hays-Heighe House's cover photo
10/29/2019

Hays-Heighe House's cover photo

Big thanks to these women candidates from Harford County's recent election - we appreciated your insights on running for...
05/31/2019

Big thanks to these women candidates from Harford County's recent election - we appreciated your insights on running for office at tonight's Women's Political Forum.

Thanks to League of Women Voters of Harford County for putting the event together!

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401 Thomas Run Rd
Bel Air, MD
21015

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Our Story

The Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College is a dynamic, educational facility that showcases elements of Harford County’s social and cultural history through exhibits and programming. As an architecture of inclusion, its mission is to promote life-long learning, community collaboration, critical thinking and a public historical and cultural consciousness.

Named for the two prominent Harford County families that owned the House for the longest periods of time, the original stone house was built by Archer and Hannah Hays in 1808. In the 1840s, two additions were completed which added an East Wing to the original two story farmhouse, which by the middle of the 19th century was known as Prospect Hill Farm. Both the house and the farm remained in the Hays family until 1921, when they were acquired by Robert and Anne Heighe. In 1964, Prospect Hill Farm was purchased to become the campus of Harford Junior College, with the farmhouse serving as the administration building. The Hays-Heighe House was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

By 2002, the administrative offices of the college had relocated, and the house was used as an AMC Decorator Showhouse. However, in light of its unique historic value, a three-phase restoration project was begun in 2007 and completed in 2010. Since that time, the Hays-Heighe House has been serving the Harford Community College student body and the Harford County community by presenting a diverse assortment of exhibits and events. The house was a recipient of the 2011 Preservation Project Award from the Harford County Historic Preservation Commission. More recently in 2014, the House was recognized by the National Park Service as a part of the “Network of Freedom,” which documents sites on the Underground Railroad, as a result of newly discovered and documented information that an enslaved person named Sam Archer lived on the property and successfully escaped to freedom in 1860. This information was uncovered in research performed for an exhibit called Faces of Freedom: The Upper Chesapeake, Maryland and Beyond, curated by then-Coordinator for the Hays-Heighe House, Iris L. Barnes.

Today, the Hays-Heighe House is used as a “living classroom” where a wide range of programs and activities open to the public take place. The house is also used as an exhibit space for a wide variety of exhibits presenting the history of Harford County, as well as interpreting aspects of local history in the context of national or global events. The house itself is interpreted to the 1920s and 30s, when it was a prosperous thoroughbred horse farm owned by the Heighe family. The rooms in the main section each reflect a slightly different period to show the influence of different design styles over the years.

As a part of Harford County’s history for over 200 years, the Hays-Heighe House is not only a living celebration and examination of the county’s rich heritage, but also a vibrant and evolving participant in the county’s present and future. We eagerly invite you to discover this unique resource during our open hours and to visit our webpage at https://www.harford.edu/community/hays-heighe-house.aspx for more information about events and programming, which are generally free and open to the public. The house is also available for rental for small events and meetings. More information on renting space at the House is available on our webpage.

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Great upcoming event at Hays-Heighe House. "Women Of The Turf" exhibit. Opening Friday October 4rth 5-7 pm with advance ticket sales. Then running October 4 thru December 20. 🐴