Thanks to everyone who helped with the fundraising efforts toward the restoration of the dining room knife boxes. They have been restored and returned back to the museum and look amazing. Please stop by check and them out.
The Portsmouth Historical Association is selling prints of Views of Norfolk and Portsmouth. The views depict both cities prior to the Civil War. It measures 24 x 30 and on a heavy cardstock paper. It is ready to be framed or can be hung on your wall as is. It comes shrink wrapped in cardboard and is $35. If interested please contact us at email@example.com.
On July 3, 1909 two of the Hill Sisters, Evelyn and Elizabeth "Lizzie", left the Carolinas for the Seaboard Air Line Tour. The sisters would travel through the Rocky Mountains and Colorado arriving on the Pacific Coast in Los Angeles, California. Also, they would visit the Alaska-Yukon Exposition in Seattle through Yellowstone National Park. In the two attached pictures you can view the actual invitation for this trip and the group the sisters traveled with boarding the train. In the next few weeks parts of their trip will be documented so you too can travel with them via Facebook….All Aboard!!!
The Hill Sisters enjoyed the company of many animals at their Sea Breeze Farm in Virginia Beach. However, one dog stands out as being very special. On June 30, 1943 a local newspaper reported the Hill sisters contributing to an animal shelter fund in honor of one of their dogs known as Peggy. Peggy was rescued by the Hill family when they found her in a bedraggled state on the beach when her owners tried to dispose of her overboard a boat. Fate had saved Peggy that day, and because of this rescue she lived to a ripe age of 18. Many animals inhabited Sea Breeze Farm, and from the love and care given by the Hill Family their lives were rich and filled with love.
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!