As some of you might know, I traveled to Washington D.C. a few weeks ago. During my stay, I decided to visit some historic homes and gardens. Today, I would like to tell you about my visit to Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden.
Marjorie Merriweather Post bought Hillwood in 1955. She was a daughter of Ella Merriweather Post and Charles William (C.W.) Post, who founded the Post cereal empire. She decided that she would like her home to become a museum:
“I want young Americans to see how someone lived in the twentieth century and how this person could collect works of art the way I have… I want to share this with the rest of the world.”
—Marjorie Merriweather Post
Her estate holds the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia, a distinguished eighteenth-century French decorative art collection, and twenty-five acres of serene landscaped gardens and natural woodlands for all to enjoy. It was firstly opened as a public institution in 1977 to inspire and educate the public.
Marjorie designed the gardens to flower in the spring and fall however nowadays they are open to public all year round.
Visitors can walk through some beautiful paths that lead them to:
- Rose Garden
- Four Season Garden
- Japanese Style Garden
- French Parterre
- Lunar Lawn
4155 Linnean Avenue,
NW Washington, DC 20008
I hope you enjoyed reading this review!