Since the Georgia Trust acquired this landmark in 1978, consultants, staff, workmen, and even visitors have told of spine-tingling experiences ranging from odd sounds, to mysterious problems with lights and doors, and to actual sightings of apparitions. Although we traditionally have been reluctant to speak of these events, Hay House has been included by others in ghost anthologies, including Nancy Roberts’ Georgia Ghosts (1997) and those on various websites. In 2015, the house was named by Architectural Digest as one of the “13 Most Beautiful Haunted Destinations Around the World,” joining Edinburgh Castle and the Chateau de Brissac in the Loire Valley in making this list. Recognizing that the stories themselves are an important facet of our history and appeal, we are for the first time offering a special seasonal opportunity for visitors to enjoy.
As with most Behind the Scenes Tours of Hay House, this specialty tour will feature areas of Hay House that are not accessible on the regular tour such as the Wine Cellar, Attic, and Cupola. Guides will also explain the myths and realities of certain architectural features such as the Secret Room and the underground tunnels. The tour will also feature the original Springhouse, located under the nearby Harris-Hall-Bennett House, a site with stories of hauntings as well. The tour will also include various interpreters recounting tales of their experiences and those of others in Hay House’s Basement, Music Room, and especially the Second Floor Hall and Bedrooms.
The evening will be capped with wine and canapes in the historic Dining Room where board members and staff will be on hand to answer questions. Call 478-742-8155 for more information or visit our website www.hayhousemacon.org.
Please Note: The Georgia Trust is presenting what we hope is an enjoyable evening exploring the folklore of the house and does not warrant the truth or validity of any of the stories presented on this occasion.