Visit from the mayor of Portsmouth, England

The Councillor Lee Mason, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, UK, visited Portsmouth, VA this past week. A special tea hosted by Trinity Episcopal Church was given in his honor. The Portsmouth Historical Association partnered with this event by loaning the Hill House Museum silver tea set, brewed its' signature Five Sister’s blend tea, and helped welcome him to the sister city. A special thanks to Lane Killam, Debbie Evans, Bobbie Stewart, Dan Schmit, and Maryanne Chichester for their help.

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Update on the Current Restoration at the Hill House Museum...

What is going at the Hill House Museum and why have we been closed????

Click on the link below from the local news section of the Virginian Pilot about the current Hill House restoration efforts and progress. Also, you might learn something you didn’t know about the Hill family or this historic home.




Hill House Museum Yard Sale

Hill House Yard Sale this Saturday, June 2nd!!

Don't miss this yard sale because it will appeal to all tastes, styles, and interests.
We will have a large amount of many items including: Artwork, clothes, antiques, household items, glassware, and much much more. Stop by the gardens of the Hill House on Saturday, June 2nd 8:00-2:00. All sale proceeds go toward the continued restoration of the Museum. If you would like to drop items off for us to sell to help off-set the resto...ration costs, please let us know (757-714-3226, Dan) .

See you on Saturday @ 221 North Street.

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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