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The Hay House to kick off C-SPAN special
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Known locally for its high ceilings and elaborate decor, Hay House, or the "palace of the South," has long been a Macon landmark.

But next month, it's featured beyond the city limits on television network C-SPAN.

"Macon has such a rich history, as well as a great literary life. There's a lot of writers from Macon," C-SPAN Producer Ashley Hill said. "There's a lot of history, from your music history to your beautiful old homes like the Hay House and that was something we absolutely wanted to cover."

Hay House Director Jonathan Poston says he's looking forward to the program's debut.

"We think that C-SPAN is going to give us a nice opportunity to show this house to a large audience that will view C-SPAN in the course of days that the Macon programming is shown in February," Poston said.

The Hay House is just the first stop on Macon's portion of the C-SPAN Cities Tour.

The two-part feature airing in February will also showcase the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, the Bowden Golf Course, and the Big House Museum.

Hill says the show gives people across the country a glimpse into towns they might never have a chance to visit on their own.

"We're coming to Macon to do stories about the areas history as well as it's non-fiction literary culture," Hill said. "We'll interview historians. We'll interview authors. And It's a great way for us to sort of turn a spotlight on a smaller city and let the rest of the country see them and be seen by our audience that otherwise wouldn't get to see Macon."

Macon Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert was among those welcoming the crews. He says even Macon natives could discover something new by tuning in.

" I am convinced that a lot of people will learn a lot more about Macon, especially those from across the country who have never visited here, but I'll be willing to bet you that some of our local residents will learn something about their hometown that they didn't know before," Reichert said.

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