Restoring this National Historic Landmark was—and remains—an enormous undertaking. Conservation of the building began when the Georgia Trust accepted ownership of the house in 1977. Efforts to restore the grounds, exterior and rooms have been ongoing ever since.
Currently, restoration efforts at Hay House are focused on the Bedroom Level and Ruth’s Room. Since 2014, the Master Bedroom and Bathroom have received significant restorations. Most recently, the Bedroom Level Hall has been restored to its c. 1860’s appearance.
Ruth’s Room is the next space to be restored. Hay House also plans to restore this room to its c. 1860’s appearance. The Johnston family used the room to display the statue of “Ruth Gleaning” by Randolph Rogers. The statue was later moved by the Felton family and the room functioned as a silver closet. Once the restoration of the room is complete, Ruth will return to her room.
Restoration of Hay House and conservation of its collections will continue for several more years. Guiding the work is a carefully developed historic structure report, a master plan for restoration and interpretation, and detailed research for individual projects.The Trust is currently completing site research and documentation, including material analysis as well as archaeological, and climate studies on Hay House for future projects.