Backstairs Tours start in April, additional special activities begin in June

Hear the fascinating stories of the servants who worked in the Hayes Home during special tours offered on certain days beginning in April.

The Backstairs Tour takes guests through some behind-the-scenes portions of the Hayes Home that are not included on the standard tour.

Visitors will hear the stories of the many servants who worked for the Hayes Family over the years. Some were former slaves from Kentucky, and others were immigrants who spoke little English.

The tour includes some hands-on activities, an exhibit room focusing on the servants and ginger snaps like those the servants made for the Hayes Family.

This themed tour, which the Hayes Presidential unveiled last summer, will be offered on certain days starting in April and continuing through early November. April dates are:

  • Saturday, April 13 – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 20 – 4 p.m.

Cost for this tour is $8 for Hayes Presidential members and $10 for non-members. Non- members must purchase the tour in addition to a site pass.

Hayes Home guides developed the Backstairs Tour based on months of research into the servants’ lives. The Servants Room exhibit area that is included on the tour is sponsored by Decker Roofing & Gutter Solutions.

Other special activities, including gallery talks, grounds tours and hands-on artifact activities, will begin on Saturdays and Verandah Concert Wednesdays starting in June. Many activities are included with regular admission.

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The 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. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

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