Behind the Scenes Tour, Hay House




Discover a true work of art

Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of Macon's magnificent Hay House. Considered the most advanced antebellum building in America for its style, craftsmanship and technological innovations, Hay House has been featured on A&E's 'America's Castles.'

Built in the mid-1800s by William Butler Johnston, the keeper of the Confederate Treasury, the house is inspired by the mansions of Florence and Rome which Johnston and his wife visited during a three-year honeymoon in Europe. It took four years to build this 18,000-square-foot Italian Renaissance Revival mansion that is now a National Historic Landmark.

With its beautiful 18th-Century furnishings, Italian Carrera marble fireplaces, some of the country's finest examples of marbleized and trompe l'oeil finishes, a music room with a 30-foot clerestory ceiling, exquisite plaster work with 24-carat gold leafing and spectacular stained glass, Hay House is a true work of art that has to be seen to be believed!

  • 90 minute specialty guided tour
  • Go behind the scenes at one of America‚Äôs most beautiful mansions
  • Find out more about the building‚Äôs history 
  • Take a close up look at the mansion‚Äôs beautiful artefacts and architecture
  • Spectacular 360 degree views of Macon 

Tour all seven levels of Hay House including the newly restored dining room, cupola and ground floor. A spectacular 360 degree view of Macon from the catwalk at the end of the tour is a must-see! Discover the history of a national landmark in the company of an expert guide. Find out more about the building and its unique features and have the opportunity to take a true behind-the-scenes peak at one of America’s architectural treasures.

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