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Hays-Heighe House


Hays-Heighe House
Phone: 443-412-2539

TUESDAY | 1 — 3 PM
FRIDAY | 10 AM — 12 PM


Picture of a large stone house.

Click HERE or on the picture to learn more about the history of the Hays-Heighe House.


Blending modern with historic, the Hays-Heighe House connects the past to the present, and the future.

Come for an exhibit or an event, stay for the architecture! The rooms encourage more familiarity and intimacy than a lecture hall, and the fine historical structure provides more gravitas than a classroom. Peer up the old staircase, find the half-moon windows, and count the fireplaces. Imagine life a century ago, when the house became headquarters for a thoroughbred horse breeding and training operation, or two centuries ago, when a large family-and the enslaved people they held—lived and worked here. The architecture and the way people lived in it are part of Harford County’s history and culture, and we welcome you to experience it.

We offer a variety of events each semester to complement our current exhibit. Program types often include teas, living history portrayals, book discussions, debates, musical performances. We also hold lectures on a wide range of topics, including art, history, ethics, literature, technology, medicine, the environment, political movements, and journalism. These events are all free, unless otherwise noted.

Click HERE to see all of our upcoming events.

Pre-registration required for all events.
To reserve your seat today, or to be added to our mailing list, call 443-412-2539 or email


Integration Now: The Harford County Civil Rights Project

Dates: On View February 2 – June 30, 2023

This exhibit explores issues of race and civil rights in Harford County from three different angles: housing, education, and public accommodations. It connects local and personal stories to state and national narratives of the civil rights movement. A physical companion to Dr. James Karmel’s grant-funded digital app, it also draws on the rich resource of numerous oral histories from community members. It provides space to voice difficult questions from our county’s history, to reflect on how far we’ve come, and to consider how far we still need to go.

Then and Now: Newsreels & Discussion

Then and Now: Newsreels & Discussion

Media portrayals matter. Experience several short vintage film reels from the civil rights era and discuss how they present the movement and its issues.

Tuesday, February 7| 12:30-2:30
Thursday, March 2 | 12:30-2:30
Tuesday, April 4 | 7-9 PM
Thursday, May 4 | 7-9 PM

Tea at the Hays-Heighe House

Tea at the Hays-Heighe House

Our ever-popular teas are back again, this time with four dates across the spring! Enjoy tea and a light luncheon with a civil-rights-themed presentation.

Thursday, February 16
Thursday, March 16
Tuesday, April 20
Tuesday, May 9

12:30-1:30 PM

Advanced Ticket Purchase Required $20

LECTURE: HCC – Integrated Since It's Founding?

LECTURE: Harford Community College – Integrated Since Its Founding?

While Harford County integrated its schools slowly through in the 1950s, the local college was officially integrated when it opened in 1957. What was it like in practice, though?

Thursday, February 23 | 12:30-1:30 PM

Africans and African Americans in Harford County

PANEL DISCUSSION: Differing Experiences – Africans and African Americans in Harford County

Maryland is home to the fourth-largest population of African immigrants in the United States. How are their experiences of race different from and similar to those of African Americans here in Harford County?

Wednesday, March 8 | 7-9 PM

Combatting Housing Shortages in Harford County

COMMUNITY DISCUSSION: Combatting Housing Shortages in Harford County

Can we combat the housing shortage and inequality in rates of homeownership while protecting the environment and the Chesapeake Bay? What about Harford County’s traditionally rural character?

Tuesday, April 11| 7-9 PM

Highlights from the Collection

Highlights from the Collection

View highlights from the Harford Civil Rights Project’s oral histories and our ongoing work to package these important stories in an accessible form.

Tuesday, April 25 | 12:30-2:00 PM
Thursday, May 11 | 7-8:30 PM

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