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Hays Hood House

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In 2005 the Florida Trust rescued a 1910 Queen Anne home in Tallahassee, the Hays-Hood House, now called the Florida Trust House and headquarters of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.

Built in 1910 by Jesse and Sarah Hays, this Queen Anne style house was one of the first homes in the Magnolia Heights area of Tallahassee. Mr. Hays had chosen the design of the home from a pattern book from a house built in Chicago, but adapted the design to better suit the south and oversaw the construction... Read More →

The Florida Trust welcomes a new Executive Director, Melissa Wyllie to its Tallahassee Staff
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The Florida Trust announces hiring a new Executive Director, Melissa Wyllie who’s first day on the job in Tallahassee will be November 28, 2016.

Melissa Wyllie is a passionate preservationist, writer and nonprofit leader, as well as an award-winning communications strategist and successful entrepreneur. In November 2016, after a decade living in Nashville, Tennessee, she returned to her home state of Florida to serve as Executive Director of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.
In Tennessee, Melissa served on the boards of Historic Nashville, Inc. and Historic Lebanon, and was a consultant for the Tennessee Preservation Trust. From 2013 to 2015 she served as president of Historic Nashville, focusing on public outreach and strategic positioning to support the organization’s mission. As president, she worked with city, state and national organizations to save irreplaceable Nashville landmarks like Music Row and grow the organization’s membership. Under Melissa’s leadership, Historic Nashville sharpened its focus on education and advocacy, and emerged as a leading voice in the national conversation around the importance of historic preservation during a period of unprecedented growth for Nashville.

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