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.

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!

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03/02/2020

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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!

Harford Loves History at Hays-Heighe House! Our friends and fans came out to show us some love this year for Valentine's...
02/14/2019

Harford Loves History at Hays-Heighe House! Our friends and fans came out to show us some love this year for Valentine's Day.
#HarfordLovesHistory

A few behind-the scenes pictures from the installation of the new exhibit, VOTES FOR WOMEN: Taking Our Place in Politics...
02/06/2019

A few behind-the scenes pictures from the installation of the new exhibit, VOTES FOR WOMEN: Taking Our Place in Politics.

It opens Thursday at 1 o'clock, and will be on view until June 1, 2019.

Hays-Heighe House's cover photo
02/06/2019

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11/15/2018

**IMPORTANT UPDATE** Due to inclement weather, Replaying the Paris Peace Conference is cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, and hope to see you at some of our other programs!

The Hays-Heighe House hosts a series of Cultural Teas, featuring tea and cuisine from around the world, as well as lectu...
10/02/2018

The Hays-Heighe House hosts a series of Cultural Teas, featuring tea and cuisine from around the world, as well as lectures or discussions about various historical and cultural topics. Our Palestinian Tea, hosted by Prof. Susan Muaddi Darraj, was a huge hit for everyone who came out!

Remember, our Cultural Teas require a ticket for admittance. All of the teas this fall and winter are currently full, but please keep checking back to see when we announce our spring teas! Also, you can always add your name to the wait list by emailing [email protected], or calling 443-412-2539.

The Hays-Heighe House hosts a series of Cultural Teas, featuring tea and cuisine from around the world, as well as lectures or discussions about various historical and cultural topics. Our Palestinian Tea, hosted by Prof. Susan Muaddi Darraj, was a huge hit for everyone who came out!

Remember, our Cultural Teas require a ticket for admittance. All of the teas this fall and winter are currently full, but please keep checking back to see when we announce our spring teas! Also, you can always add your name to the wait list by emailing [email protected], or calling 443-412-2539.

10/02/2018

In just 30 minutes, we will join award-winning author and HCC professor Susan Muaddi Darraj for a Palestinian tea. We will celebrate Palestinian culture with tea and refreshments, as well as a discussion with Prof. Muaddi Darraj about the history and identity of the Palestinian people.

Please note that this event is ticketed, and no seats are still available. However, even if you weren't able to make it to the event today, stop by our exhibit, World War I's Long Shadow, to learn more about how the legacy of World War I shaped politics and identities in the Middle East, including Palestine.

09/26/2018

Only a half hour until we try our hand at replaying the Paris Peace Conference! Will we be able to reach a better peace than the delegates in 1919? Will we prevent World War II? Join us at 6:30 in the Hays-Heighe House to find out!

Our friends over at Harford Community College Library are celebrating Banned Book Week this week. This list shows the To...
09/26/2018

Our friends over at Harford Community College Library are celebrating Banned Book Week this week. This list shows the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2017, but did you know that even some books we now consider classics were banned at one point? Come over to the Hays-Heighe House and check out our exhibit, World War I's Long Shadow, to learn more about modernist authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, and Zora Neale Huston, all of whom have had their works challenged or banned.

Last year, 416 books were banned and challenged. This Banned Books Week, let's raise our megaphones and speak out for banned books! View the full infographic: https://bit.ly/2MVVpLU

09/26/2018

One hundred years ago today, the Allies began the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, which stretched along the entire Western Front and was a major factor in bringing the war to a close. Over a million American soldiers participated in this campaign, including some from Harford County. Come learn more about some of Harford's World War I veterans, as well as the aftermath of the war, at our current exhibit, World War I's Long Shadow, open now until December 21!

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09/19/2018

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09/18/2018

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09/18/2018

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09/18/2018

Hays-Heighe House

Johns Hopkins recently held a mock pandemic exercise to see how government officials would do; read here to see results!...
06/01/2018
This mock pandemic killed 150 million people. Next time it might not be a drill.

Johns Hopkins recently held a mock pandemic exercise to see how government officials would do; read here to see results!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/05/30/this-mock-pandemic-killed-150-million-people-next-time-it-might-not-be-a-drill/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.663a1b948ea5

The simulation forced government officials to make the difficult decisions they would face in a real pandemic. It was a tense day.

Dispatch from a Maryland trauma nurse on the ground in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, fighting the latest Ebola o...
05/30/2018
From The Front Lines Of The Ebola War: Never Stop Going, Take It Slow

Dispatch from a Maryland trauma nurse on the ground in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, fighting the latest Ebola outbreak:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/05/29/615180084/the-endless-days-of-a-young-doctor-battling-ebola

Leah Feldman was on the Doctors Without Borders team in the 2014 outbreak. Now she's helping fight the virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo — and literally sweating in her boots.

A few hours up the Amtrak line from us in Boston, a daycare center recently had to close when one of the children was di...
05/15/2018
Mary Mallon - Wikipedia

A few hours up the Amtrak line from us in Boston, a daycare center recently had to close when one of the children was diagnosed with typhoid fever - that same illness that Mary Mallon (also known as "Typhoid Mary") was an asymptomatic carrier of. In 1915, Mary was quarantined the rest of her life after willfully starting an outbreak that sickened 25 and killed 2; fortunately today we have antibiotics.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Mallon

Mary Mallon (September 23, 1869 – November 11, 1938), better known as Typhoid Mary, was the first person in the United States identified as an asymptomatic carrier of the pathogen associated with typhoid fever. She was presumed to have infected 51 people, three of whom died, over the course of he....

03/07/2018

Harford Community College is closed today due to weather conditions - that means tonight's screening of Panic in the Streets is canceled, unfortunately. We are also showing the film tomorrow (Thursday) 12-2 though, so you have another opportunity!

Hays-Heighe House's cover photo
02/26/2018

Hays-Heighe House's cover photo

Harford County Loves Historic Places - like the Hays-Heighe House!
02/14/2018

Harford County Loves Historic Places -

like the Hays-Heighe House!

Happy Valentine’s Day from #Harford County’s historic sites! Check out these and other local attractions on Visit Harford’s website http://visitharford.com/. #HarfordLovesHistory

We love history at the Hays-Heighe House here on Harford Community College’s campus. We love that students, faculty, and...
02/14/2018

We love history at the Hays-Heighe House here on Harford Community College’s campus. We love that students, faculty, and community members mingle here and learn local aspects of social and cultural history. We love that the house is an approachable as well as a beautiful space, and that folks feel comfortable engaging as they explore our exhibits. We love that we learn as much from the audiences that attend our events as we do from the guest speakers that we bring in. Happy Valentine's Day!
#HarfordLovesHistory Harford County Government

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02/13/2018

Hays-Heighe House's cover photo

One day away from our celebration honoring Jim McKay; read and listen WBAL Radio's coverage here:http://www.wbal.com/art...
11/09/2017
The Wider World of Jim McKay: Celebrating His Life and His Work

One day away from our celebration honoring Jim McKay; read and listen WBAL Radio's coverage here:

http://www.wbal.com/article/275685

WBAL Radio 1090 AM - An American treasure who moved to Baltimore as a teen and made Maryland his home, the late Jim McKay is being honored with an exhibit At Harford Community College that highlights his iconic brioadcasting career along with his love affair with Maryland’s Thoroughbred industry

media coverage for our upcoming event Honoring Jim McKay -http://foxbaltimore.com/morning/honoring-jim-mckay
11/07/2017
Honoring Jim McKay

media coverage for our upcoming event Honoring Jim McKay -

http://foxbaltimore.com/morning/honoring-jim-mckay

A sportscaster who was loved by millions as the host of ABC's Wide World of Sports is being honored next week at Harford Community College for his excellence in Equestrian Journalism. The Hays-Heighe House Award is being presented to Jim McKay. This mornin

11/07/2017
Harford Community College

For more information about our event Honoring Jim McKay, visit our website:
https://www.harford.edu/community/hays-heighe-house/events/jim-mckay.aspx

“The Wider World of Jim McKay: Celebrating His Life and His Work” – to be held on November 10, 2017 – features the opportunity to view an exhibit about the late Jim McKay from 5-7 p.m. at the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College. The event moves to the Chesapeake Center Dining Room at 7:15...

"What is it" Wednesdays: can you identify the objects in the closeups below?  They all come from our current exhibit, "A...
05/03/2017

"What is it" Wednesdays: can you identify the objects in the closeups below? They all come from our current exhibit, "APG as Catalyst: Harford County's Changing Landscape.

"What is it" Wednesdays: can you identify the objects in the closeups below?  They all come from our current exhibit, "A...
04/26/2017

"What is it" Wednesdays: can you identify the objects in the closeups below? They all come from our current exhibit, "APG as Catalyst: Harford County's Changing Landscape.

"What is it" Wednesdays: can you identify the objects in the closeups below?  They all come from our current exhibit, "A...
04/19/2017

"What is it" Wednesdays: can you identify the objects in the closeups below? They all come from our current exhibit, "APG as Catalyst: Harford County's Changing Landscape.

"What is it" Wednesdays: can you identify the objects in the closeups below?  They all come from our current exhibit, "A...
04/12/2017

"What is it" Wednesdays: can you identify the objects in the closeups below? They all come from our current exhibit, "APG as Catalyst: Harford County's Changing Landscape.

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401 Thomas Run Rd
Bel Air, MD
21015

Opening Hours

Tuesday 13:00 - 15:00
Thursday 15:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 12:00

Telephone

(443) 412-2539

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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. 🐴