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Exhibit and Lecture Series at Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College

26 October 2022

The new exhibit, Made by Hand: Continuing the Story, will remain on display at the historic Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College through December 23. The exhibit picks up from the Hays-Heighe House’s inaugural exhibit, revisiting the House’s construction in 1808 and the rehab work that began in 2008. Learn new information about its architectural history and the people who have called the House home over the last two hundred years. Free and open to the public. Hours: Tuesday, 1–3 PM; Thursday, 3–5 PM; and Friday, 10 AM–noon.

Special events taking place at the Hays-Heighe House to complement the exhibit are listed below:

Lecture: The Heighe Home Movies
Tuesday, November 1 • 12:30-1:30 PM
Robert & Anne Heighe turned Prospect Hill Farm into a headquarters for thoroughbred horse breeding and training. House Coordinator Julie Mancine will discuss more about them and the property through their home movies.

Walking Tour
Tuesday, November 15 • 3:15-4 PM
Led by House Coordinator Julie Mancine will lead this tour exploring the Hays-Heighe House. Learn about its changing uses and discover some of its less-visited nooks and crannies.

Lecture: “Tired of Rough Treatment” – Sam Archer and the Underground Railroad
Thursday, November 17 • 12:30-1:30 PM
The Hays-Heighe House is listed on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom; learn why in this presentation by Iris Leigh Barnes. Hear about the Hays family’s involvement in the slave economy.

Lecture: The Hays Family: A Deeper Dive
Thursday, December 1 • 12:30-1:30 PM
The story of the Hays family is deeply intertwined with the growth and development of Harford County, along with other prominent families in the area.

Thursday, December 15 • 12:30-1:30 PM
As refrigerators became more common in homes in the 1920s and 1930s, they changed not just what was eaten, but how it was prepared and what happened with the leftovers. Join us to learn more! Advance ticket purchase is required; cost is $20 per person: 443.412.2539 or

Events are free unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required for all events: 443.412.2539 or

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The Hays-Heighe House

Hays-Heighe House

  • 1808: Archer and Hanna Hays build the 2-story stone farmhouse.
  • 1828: Property becomes known as Prospect Hill Farm.
  • 1840s: East wing addition built.
  • 1921: Property acquired by Robert and Anne Heighe.
  • 1964: Farm becomes campus of Harford Junior College, where the House is used as an administration building.
  • 1972: House is named to the National Register of Historic Places.



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