Where the 18th and early 19th centuries come alive in Harford County!

The Hays House Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the daily life of a well-to-do family during the Federal period of American history (approximately 1788-1825) in a house that still retains much of its earliest architecture and materials. That life is enormously interesting and important, having taken place during the birth of the United States

Throughout the year, the Hays House is the scene of many special events with unique themes, such as Grandma�s Apron, the annual Ice Cream Social, Children�s Fun day, and house concerts.

Be sure to reserve your place early for our annual sellout Christmas Tea and Concert!

Visit our calendar for dates and details.

Mercy Ingraham and Kathy Scholl boil a pudding in a bag during Harvest Days 2004.

Bill Shipman plays the fiddle during the annual Ice Cream Social.

Hours of Operation

  • Sundays from 1-4 pm, except for major holidays that fall on a Sunday.
  • Open House with free admission during Bel Air�s Fourth of July celebrations and on the first Sunday of December.
  • Available for private events and by special arrangement.
  • Closed for winter break from the last Sunday in December through the last Sunday of February.
  • During regular Sundays, admission is $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and seniors. Admission is free for children 4 years old and under, and for members of the Historical Society of Harford County.
  • Admission for special events is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and seniors.
  • Donations are welcome and are gratefully accepted!

324 Kenmore Avenue, Bel Air, MD 21014, near the Bel Air High School


From I-95 take State Route 24 north (Exit 77) for 6 miles to Business U.S. Route 1. Turn right on Business U.S. Route 1. At 3rd light, turn right on Kenmore Avenue. The Hays house is on the right, with convient parking adjacent to the museum.

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 again and again.

The Hays House Museum
324 Kenmore Avenue
Bel Air, Maryland 21014

Click on a topic below to learn more about it.

Host Your Special Event at the Hays House   Blanch Hall Lee Sampler
Children Have Hands-On Fun We Have a Wish List!
Become a Hays House Volunteer! The Future of the Hays House  
Photos of Past Colonial Encampments History of the Hays House
Exterior of the Hays House Interior of the Hays House
Ice Cream Social, 2004 Historic Fashion Show, 2005
Colonial Encampment, 2005 Christmas Decorations, 2005
Tipi Exhibition, 2005 Hays House Online Shop
Chrysanthemum Festival, 2005 Ice Cream Social, 2006
NEW: Grandma's Apron, Housekeeping 2009    

Text and photographs provided by the Hays House volunteers.