Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Announces New Hay House Director

Matthew Davis

ATLANTA, July 12, 2011—The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation announced today that Matthew S. Davis has been named director of Hay House, effective July 18, 2011. He replaces Katey Brown who recently accepted a teaching position in the museum studies program at Walsh University in Canton, Ohio. Brown will continue to oversee operations through the end of July.

“The Georgia Trust greatly appreciates the dedicated service of Katey Brown, who has taken Hay House to great heights, and wishes her well in her academic career,” said Mark C. McDonald, President and CEO of the Trust. “We are delighted that we have found someone as talented and qualified as Matt Davis to continue the outstanding legacy of leadership exemplified by Katey.”

As director of Hay House, Davis will manage all aspects of the National Historic Landmark house museum located in Macon, Ga. His duties will include supervising development, educational and marketing efforts for the house museum, managing staff and coordinating ongoing preservation efforts. Davis will also work directly with the Hay House Board and the staff of The Georgia Trust to secure long-range stability for Hay House, both financially and as an historic structure.

Prior to joining the Trust’s Hay House staff Davis served as curator of the Old Governor’s Mansion, a property of Georgia College and State University, located in Milledgeville, Ga. While there Matt planned and coordinated the mansion’s tourism and education program, including the Watson-Brown Foundation’s Junior Board of Trustees and supervised the public outreach, cultivation and docent program. He served as supervisor of the mansion’s collections and archival and accession records. From 2004 to 2009 Davis served as an assistant curator of education at the Old Governor’s Mansion. Matt graduated with a B.S. in history, summa cum laude, from Georgia College and State University, where he received his M.A. in public history.

Matt currently resides in Gray, Georgia and is married to Lisa A. Davis, a math teacher in the Jones County public school system. They have two children, Addison and Aiden.

“As a historian and preservationist, I see my vocation as not only producing but also imparting knowledge on the value of historic sites,” said Davis. “It is crucial to expand the public’s knowledge of historic sites, their history, and the economic opportunities presented by historic preservation. Hay House has served as a model historic house museum and has been an important focal point for advocates of historic preservation on best practices and processes. I look forward to working with The Georgia Trust and continuing to promote Hay House and its programs.”

About Hay House
Located in Macon, Ga., Hay House is a National Historic Landmark and a property of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Built between 1855 and 1859, the 18,000 square-foot mansion at 934 Georgia Avenue is open for tours Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and also available for private rental. For more information, visit or call (478) 742-8155. For more information on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation please visit

About the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the country’s largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations.

The Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual listing of Georgia’s “Places in Peril.” The Trust helps revitalize downtowns by providing design and technical assistance in 102 Georgia Main Street cities; trains Georgia’s teachers in 63 Georgia school systems to engage students in discovering state and national history through their local historic resources; and advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts. To learn more, visit