Tucked away in a lush and verdant oasis is a 25-acre estate near Rock Creek Parkway in Washington D.C.. Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens, the last home of Post cereal’s Heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, Hillwood estate offers an expansive garden and an exceptional art collection.
Being the only daughter of Charles William (C.W.) Post and Ella Merriweather, Marjorie Merriweather Post lived through one of the most romantic times. Born in 1887, Marjorie’s father included her in all of the business operations, international travels, and the art world. At the young age of 27, Marjorie Merriweather assumed ownership of Post cereal after the passing of her father.
In 1920, Marjorie Merriweather married E.F. Hutton, a match made in heaven. With their innovative and exceptional business sense they created the General Foods Company in 1929. During the roaring 20’s they lived a glamorous and glorious life. But happiness eluded them and they divorced in 1935.
In fact, true love was elusive throughout all of Marjorie Merriweather’s life as she married four times. Her third husband, Joseph E. Davies was the American ambassador in Russia for a year in 1937 and their stay in Russia created her passion for Russian art. She acquired much of her Russian religious art throughout the 1930’s during Stalin’s regime. Many of these artifacts can be seen at Hillwood in a museum style setting.
The gardens are stunning at Hillwood and include a Japanese Garden, a Rose Garden, a Cutting Garden and a formal garden. Well maintained, the garden is filled with spring color in April and early May.
Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens provide a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of the world. A visit guarantees a feeling of serenity as one strolls through the gardens and through the elegant home. On site, the Hillwood cafe offers wonderful lunch options and has a lovely Sunday afternoon tea.
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