In 1955 Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress to the Post family fortune and four-time divorcee (including a gig as the wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Russia) made the Georgian estate her home. Following her death in 1973, Hillwood became a showcase for her extensive art collection; and the gardens, impeccably groomed acreage for the public to enjoy.
The estate has always been one of my favorite places to visit. Elegant but not at all pretentious; and stately but not boastful. Visiting gives me hope that modern society will eventually return to the civilized state where less is more, and manners are everything. The beautiful weather, and the company of Anna Grace and a good friend, made the visit even more enjoyable.
The French Drawing Room, graceful and homey.
The Theater Room.
A dream kitchen, even for the contemporary chef.
Oh, but for a range like this. A Magic Chef, indeed.
Marjorie’s Dressing Room.
Marjorie Merriweather Post had a special interest in Russia and in Russian art, and during her time as the ambassador’s wife amassed a stunning collection of icons, porcelain, and several Faberge eggs, only two of which were currently on display.
The Dacha on the grounds houses special exhibits. Just this week the Passion of the Empress: Catherine the Great’s Art Patronage opened, a special treat.
Photography in the Dacha was not permitted. This photo of a Russian drinking vessel is courtesy of Hillwood’s webpage.
Tucked behind the Dacha is a sweet and thoughtful cemetery for the many pets of the family’s three daughters.
The Japanese Garden is a favorite in any weather.
Hillwood Estate. Fabulous.