Wedding Exhibit

Exciting things are happening this weekend at the Hill House Museum and in Olde Towne.   This Saturday (9/14/19) is the start of the Hill House Museum’s wedding exhibit of Portsmouth, says “I Do”.  The exhibit will be open daily from 11:00-4:00 until 9/22/19.  Admission fee is $10.00.

Also, this Saturday the Doors, Porches, and Gardens tour from 10:00-4:00 will be taking place throughout Olde Towne. The Hill House Gardens is one of the many stops and one of the reenactors will be portraying Evelyn Hill.  Check out the Olde Towne Civic League Facebook page:

Two fun things are happening this Saturday at the Hill House Museum in-turn allowing guests the opportunity to tour both the inside and outside this historic museum.   Call 757-620-1833 if you have questions. 

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Sisters Day

Happy National Sisters Day!

National Sisters Day, is celebrated the first Sunday of every August in the United States. For 2019, National Sister Day takes place on August 4th.

The last generation of the Hill family had 5 sisters; Mary, Elizabeth, Evelyn, Blanche, and Frances. The attached pictures are of the Hill sisters enjoying each others company, and sisterly bond.

Maybe you have an older sister that you look to for guidance or you have a younger sister looking to you for inspiration. Whatever the circumstance, nothing can quite compare to the bond that sisters have. National Sisters Day is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the sisters who make such a difference in our lives. So, honor your sister today with a card, call, text, visit or a hug.


Happy Birthday America

Since the 4th of July is upon us, did you know the 37 Star Flag became the Official United States Flag on July 4th 1867? A star was added for the admission of Nebraska (March 1st,1867) and was to last for ten years.

The Hill House owns one of these original flags as you can see from the attached pictures.   This is another reason to visit the Hill House Museum because it is a true American Treasure.  So, stop by this Saturday while on your extended long holiday weekend, and tour this grand American home.  

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Our Amazing Docents!!!

The rich history of the Hill House Museum is also embedded within our docents.  Two examples of this history are Lavern Harrell (left) and Macon Williams (right).  Lavern is the current treasurer for the Museum and has been involved since the early 1990’s.  Macon is 3rd generation involved with the Hill House and her knowledge is second to none! Guests who visited the Hill House today were greeted by these two incredible docents.  In fact, among the visitors today was a lady from Ecuador (on stairs).   Visiting the Hill House Museum is always interesting as to who will greet you at the door or who will be within your tour group.   No matter what, it is a great tour stop.     


A recent discovery at the Museum....

A fun discovery…recently two Hill House prints intended to be framed were dropped off at Hartung Gallery and Frame Shop (Portsmouth Blvd).  After further investigation, it was discovered behind the existing prints were older hidden prints framed from an earlier time period.   These new discoveries are now framed and hang on the museum walls.  Do you feel you have a “good-eye” for finding things?  Stop by the Hill House Museum on Wednesdays and Saturdays (noon-3:00), and find which walls these two prints hang on, good luck!    


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Did you know Queensland in Australia is the second-largest and third-most populous state in the Commonwealth of Australia?  On Wednesday,  June 12th  the Hill House Museum provided a tour to visitors from Queensland, Australia again, opening its’ doors to other parts of the world.  On Wednesdays or Saturdays we never know who will walk across the Museum’s threshold.    


Colorful Tour

Looking for foliage riddled with images of yellow and orange?  Well, the Hill House Gardens are in full bloom, and with the recent rainfall it looks amazing.   So, at the end of each tour, visitors are encouraged to stroll through the gardens and appreciate nature’s palettes of color.  

Open for tours every Wednesday and Saturday noon-3:00.  Just stop by and ring the doorbell.  


Artifacts and Cistern....a great summer day trip!!!

Archaeologist, Donnie Sadler, spoke at the Hill House Museum and showed his private collection to guests on Saturday.   Donnie grew up on a James River Plantation in Surry that was patented in 1619 and it launched his early love of history and archaeology.  Also, he talked about the artifacts from the 2012 Hill House exploratory dig of the site’s privies and cistern.

A cistern water system stores the water needed for a household in a large container that is typically filled by rainwater.  The Hill House Museum is fortunate to still have its original cisterns in place (both in the attic and outside).  The cistern in the garden is now part of the tour for guests to see and learn about early 19th century plumbing.   So, when planning a summer day trip stop by the Hill House Museum and tour a wonderful piece of history.