Tuesday, June 6, 2017
TIME: Arrive by 10:15 am. Tour of gardens begins at 10:30 and mansion at 11:30. Light lunch at Hillwood Cafe, 12:30 pm (separate purchase)
EVENT TYPE: Tour & Lunch
Hillwood was the magnificent home of Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973). One of the richest women in the world, she inherited the Postum Cereal Company, later expanded into the General Foods Corporation. Owner of many great residences, including Mar-a-Lago in Florida, she bought Hillwood in 1955 and decided that it would become a museum for her collection of Russian imperial art (the most comprehensive outside of Russia) and distinguished 18th-century French decorative art. Encompassing 25 acres of landscaped gardens and natural woodlands, it is the largest, privately-held residence in DC. A great philanthropist, Mrs. Post was a donor to the WNDC, providing funds in 1966 to restore the main drawing room, which now bears her name and where hangs a beautiful portrait of her.
No public transportation available to the estate. Participants may meet at WNDC at 9:50 am to share cab or car. Free parking at Hillwood is available. (Directions will be sent to all registrants.)
PRICE: Tour only, $20 Members; $25 Non-members