The dining room restoration was finished in May. As you can see from the before and after pictures not only did it get a “face-lift” but an entire transformation. From removing the mantel, new plaster and paint, total floor restoration and the list goes on and on. The amazing makeover can only be appreciated in person so, please stop by and see the finished product.
As you may or may not know, the dining room at the Hill House Museum has been undergoing restoration which started in January 2017 and has been very expensive. On examination the Rosewood knife boxes will have to be professionally restored. Susan Hansen (Board Member) originally obtained an estimate five years ago from Monticello Antiques but the price of restoration has gone up ($575 a box). We are asking if you would consider contributing money towards the restoration to assist in defraying the cost to the Museum. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to contribute or have questions. Thank you in advance for considering this appeal.
On May 28, 2017 , the Hill House, partnering with the Hunter House Museum, hosted a Blue and Grey Tea. Those who attended the Tea were able to sit at either a Northern or Southern table. Two Northern and Southern military reenactors spoke to the group about Civil War medical practices, and the effects of the War on the local region.
Did you know the Hill House Museum has a cup and saucer used by Dolley Madison? When the Hill family's grandfather, Dr. William Collins, was the First Auditor of the US Treasury he lived in Washington D.C. for a few years. While living there, Dolley Madison visited the family, and had a serving of coffee with them. The cup and saucer are displayed in the Hill House dining room china closet. So, if in the neighborhood, stop by and check out this unique piece of history.
Mother's Day Tea 2017 in the Hill House Garden. 58 guests attended the Tea in honor of all the mothers. Guests were given a wide variety of food (see attached pic), a tour of the museum, and the opportunity to enjoy the sunny/warm day given by the greatest mother of all...Mother Nature!
On Sunday, February 12, 2017, the Hill House Museum hosted a Valentine's Day Tea. Among those who attended was our newly elected mayor, John Rowe and his wife. Valentines were handed out to everyone, and guests were able to experience a behind the scenes tour of the dining room restoration.
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On Sunday, January 1, 2017 a private Titanic themed birthday party was hosted at the Hill House Museum. Guests dressed in period themed costumes. The menu consisted of a 7-course condensed version of a 1st class passenger meal. It was a great event, and unlike on the Titanic all guests left via the front door and not on life boats.
For the last few days in October the Hill House Museum invited guests to view the Hill House mourning textiles collection. On the first floor of the Hill House Museum guests were able to a view Victorian funeral scene. The scene had all the mirrors covered, a daguerreotype of a Hill Family member, and a woman dressed in mourning textiles. On the third floor the two bedrooms exhibited all of the mourning textiles and the textile on loan from the Hunter House Museum.