The Future of the Hays House

The Hays House volunteers and the Historical Society of Harford County Committee wish to preserve the Hays House Museum and enhance its position as a unique venue for making local and regional 18th and 19th century history come alive.

  • A new furnace was installed in the Fall of 1999 and air conditioning was added.
  • The 1814 kitchen addition was reconstructed, which greatly enhances our ability to describe life around 1788-1825 and permits demonstrations of period cooking. The structure was completed in October of 2001.
  • The kitchen addition allowed the installation of a handicapped-accessible rest room, a gift shop in the basement, and a small kitchenette to be used for special events, teas, and private gatherings.
  • The dining room, parlor, entry way, and upstairs middle bedroom walls were repaired and painted.
  • Moveable walls were placed on either side of the parlor hearth to conceal modern pipes and ductwork.
  • Major clothing exhibits conceived, organized, and staged by volunteers showcase the museum as well as the Society�s acquisitions.
  • A children�s hands-on-history room was created from a small upstairs alcove.
  • The Harford County Cultural Arts Board enthusiastically supports special programming and events, and the clothing displays.
  • Volunteers continue to think of outreach programs, events, and activities that make history come alive and assure that the Hays House Museum has a future.

For a list of items still needed, please visit We Have a Wish List! If you can help by donating items or funds, please contact us at 410-838-7691.

A young visitor enjoys the hands-on-history room,
where children can freely �play� with history.

Text and photographs provided by the Hays House volunteers.

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