Mother's Day Tea 2018

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the Gardens at

Historic Hill House Museum

221 North Street, Portsmouth, VA


May 13, 2018

(Inclement weather: tea will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church 424 Washington Street)

3 p.m.

Enjoy a hot or cold cup/glass of tea, scones, tea-sandwiches, and desserts

$30 non-members

$25 for PHA members

(proceeds go toward the continued restoration)


Payment options: Online (PayPal), check, mail

                                              Please R.S.V.P.     


757.714.3223 or


To reserve your seat or questions

The Highest bidder can have a piece of American history

It seems the Hamilton “Fever” is bigger than what we ever imagined.  WVEC, Channel13 News contacted the Museum and filmed a story about the letter as well as what is going on at the Hill House.   Also, a video is embedded in the Virginian-Pilot article published on Sunday.   Attached are both links for your viewing pleasure.

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"Can't we fit in one more chair?...."


While Grandma Collins and the Music Room are being restored the current furnishings, paintings, rugs, and other miscellaneous items are stored in the front parlors of the Museum. As you can see we do not lack for furniture.  So, we have asked ourselves can we squeeze in anything else?   However, we will remember where everything goes.   

Continue to watch us on Facebook as the rooms transform or call/email to set-up a visit to see it in person.   

One never knows what will be found at the Hill House Museum......


Recently, a piece of wood was found in a drawer, and on it has a description of its’ origin.  The wood is described as follows: “A piece of wood from a window framing in the house in which the Emperor Napoleon 1st lived and died at St. Helena…”    The Longwood House was the final residence of Napoleon Bonaparte, during his exile on the island of St. Helena, from December 10, 1815 until his death on May 5, 1821.   

Learn more about Longwood House on St. Helena click on this link

2018 Membership


This is the time of year when we invite our members to renew membership dues, and invite new members to join the Portsmouth Historical Association.   Your dues go to support a community-minded and non-profit organization. You contribute to the preservation of Portsmouth’s historical documents and artifacts, and to the maintenance of Portsmouth’s only historical house museum, The Hill House. The Portsmouth Historical Association is a 501(c)(3) organization and your membership dues are tax deductible. 

If you like what we’re doing, and would like to help us continue, please renew your membership or join, and consider encouraging a friend or neighbor to join. 

Choose your level of support:

Benefactor: $1000

Sponsor: $500

Donor: $100

Patron: $75

Sustaining: $50

Family: $35

Individual: $20

You can renew your membership, join, or make a contribution through Paypal on the website, email us, or mail your payment to the Hill House Museum.  Email:


President of the Portsmouth Historical Association


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Hill House Museum with garden greens and Hill Family decorations.   Thanks to everyone who is helping make the museum festive for our holiday event.   If interested in heightening your holiday spirit and seeing the decorations join us for our Holiday Tea on December 10th.  To reserve your seat call David @ 757-714-3223.