Visit the Hays House Museum on Sunday, March 11, at 1 p.m. for a rare opportunity to closely examine the timeless furniture at home in Bel Air's oldest house. The inaugural event of the Preserving our Past series at the Hays House features local furniture restoration expert Arthur Benser, who will engage visitors in a discussion about the historic construction and provenance of the major pieces in each room. The presentation also includes ways to determine the age of a piece of furniture through design and types of construction.
Benser's credentials include more than 30 years of restoring and repairing antique furniture with tools and techniques of the appropriate period. He teaches courses on antique furniture history, identification and repair at Harford Community College. He also helped establish a woodworking program as part of Jerusalem Mill Village's living history activities.
The Hays House Museum is at 324 Kenmore Ave. in Bel Air. Admission to this special event is $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. For more information about the Hays House Museum and this event, e-mail HaysHouseMuseum@gmail.com or call the Historical Society at 410-838-7691.