Hayes Home Holidays: Experience Christmas traditions of President and First Lady Hayes


FREMONT – Make holiday memories by touring parts of the historic Hayes Home in the evening and discover the holiday traditions of President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes during Hayes Home Holidays tours offered on four nights in December.

This annual event will focus on the Hayes’ customs, from Christmas to their wedding anniversary on Dec. 30 to New Year’s Day, as well as the holiday traditions of the later generations of the family, who lived in the home until 1965.

Hayes Presidential is featuring the president’s and first lady’s holiday practices this year as part of President Hayes’ 200th birthday celebration, which is from October 2022 through October 2023.

Tours are Dec. 17-18 and Dec. 21-22. Tour times are 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The home will be lightly decorated for the holidays in a historically accurate manner, including a replica feather tree of the one the president and first lady had in their bedroom.

Tickets for non-members are $18 for adults ages 19 and older, $10 for kids 6-18 and free for kids 5 and younger. Tickets for Hayes Presidential members are $15 for adults 19 and older, $8 for ages 6 -18 and free for kids 5 and younger.

Advance tickets are recommended and can be purchased at rbhayes.org/news/2022/08/25/general/hayes-home-holidays-experience-christmas-traditions-of-rutherford-and-lucy-hayes-family/. Tickets will be sold at the museum front desk the nights of the event, pending availability.

Hayes Home Holidays is part of Hayes Presidential’s season of holiday events, called A Presidential Christmas.

Hayes Presidential is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner of the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. Hayes Presidential is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit rbhayes.org.

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