The Johnston-Felton-Hay House in Macon,
affectionately known as the “Palace of the South,”
is a property of the Georgia Trust for Historic
Preservation and stands as one of the most iconic
and recognizable structures in Georgia.
Completed in 1859 for Mr. and Mrs. William Butler Johnston, the house is considered one of the finest examples of Italian Renaissance Revival architecture in America. The 18,000 square-foot mansion features an array of art, decorative finishes, stained glass, and gilded cornices. When completed, the building had many modern amenities including a ventilation system, indoor plumbing, central heat, gas lighting, and a 15-tube intercom system.
For over 100 years the house was home to the Johnston-Felton and Hay families. After the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Hay in 1964 it was established as a private museum. In 1971 the house was registered as a National Historic Landmark and in 1977 became a property of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.
Hay House stands in homage to the Johnston-Felton and Hay families and operates as a museum and rental venue. Interior and exterior restoration efforts are ongoing. Visit HayHouseMacon.org to schedule a visit!