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Hay House, Macon

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#1 of 6 in Historic Sites in Macon
Johnston–Felton–Hay House, often abbreviated Hay House, is a historic residence at 934 Georgia Avenue in Macon, Georgia. Built between 1855 and 1859 by William Butler Johnston and his wife Anne Tracy Johnston in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, the house has been called the "Palace of the South." The mansion sits atop Coleman Hill on Georgia Avenue in downtown Macon, near the Walter F. George School of Law, part of Mercer University. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973 for its architectural uniqueness.
The 18,000-square-foot (1,700 m2), 24-room home was designed by the New York architect T. Thomas and Son. It was built in part by craftsman and artisans brought from Italy who were supervised by local master builder James B. Ayers. It has four levels and is crowned by a three-story cupola. Commissioned by imaginative owners and constructed by the most skillful workers of the time, its technological amenities were unsurpassed in the mid-nineteenth century: hot and cold running water, central heat, a speaker-tube system connecting 15 rooms, a French lift equivalent to today's elevator, in-house kitchen, and an elaborate ventilation system.
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  • Very beautiful home with some impressive rooms. Guide was knowledgable. Worth a visit. One hint is to pull in the driveway and park behind the house.  more »
  • The Hay House abounds with layer upon layer of history, Literally there are layers of pain exposed which show the various décor of the house over the years, plus hidden stairwells and folklore of...  more »
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  • For venue people, like Epting Events, work area is tight but manageable. But beware transporting item to the kitchen! Small elevator does not accept Rubbermaid carts or similarly large items. When they say small, they mean small. But otherwise a great venue with wonderful history. Very helpful staff and very hospitable. Worth looking into.
  • What a gorgeous home! This is definitely a must see if you find yourself in the Macon area. Our tour guide (Landon..?) was fantastic! He answered all of the group questions and knew so much about the home and its history. Definitely recommend it!

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