If you are visiting the northern Virginia/DC area and looking to visit someplace most people aren’t familiar with, come to the Hillwood Estate. This stately home and gardens is located in NW Washington DC and was once the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post.
Marjorie was the only child of Ella & C.W. Post, who founded Post cereal. Her parents died when she was 27 years old and was left with a $20 million cereal company. She was married four times and it was with her second husband, that they turned Post Cereal into General Foods. After the divorce from her third husband, Marjorie purchased Hillwood in 1955. She restored the neo-Georgian house and created a space to display her extensive 18th century French art and Russian imperial art collections.
Christian, his mom and I visited at the end of December. They had the mansion and grounds decorated for Christmas.
The main entry way & staircase.
We thought Christian’s mom would enjoy all the porcelain and other art displayed throughout the house.
The French Drawing Room. In the picture, you can see one of Marjorie’s dresses. They had a special exhibit during this time, displaying many of the clothes that Marjorie wore. Some were located in the house and the others were located in another building on the grounds of Hillwood.
One of the five Christmas trees decorated according to different eras. This one was located in the movie room.
First Floor Library.
Kitchen & Pantry. Marjorie owned many dishes. She and I have one thing in common.
We both own a set of the Wedgwood Pimpernel dishes! They are the ones on the second shelf with the pink rim and pink & gray flowers in the center.
Upstairs were a few bedrooms and another library.
Marjorie’s bedroom and pink bathroom!
The grounds of Hillwood are beautifully manicured with a rose garden, French parterre, Japanese style garden & cutting garden.
Since it was a bit gray and rainy, we only visited the greenhouse, which was filled with orchids.
This was Christian & I’s second visit to Hillwood. We visited a couple years ago in the spring time. It was nice to see the gardens during the spring & to see the house decorated in the winter, so you can’t go wrong with a visit here any time during the year!