As a house museum, Hillwood affords the pleasure of not only seeing treasures up close, but also of feeling what’s it’s like to enjoy them as part of your everyday life. Marjorie Merriweather Post lived at Hillwood from 1955 until her death in 1973. Open to the public since 1977, the 25-acre estate encompasses the Georgian-style mansion and its 13 acres of gardens, fashioned as “outdoor rooms.”
Born in 1887 and heir to cereal magnate C.W. Post, Marjorie Merriweather Post proved to be an astute businesswoman (headed up General Foods) and collector. During her marriage to her fourth husband Joseph Davies when he was US ambassador to the Soviet Union, Post developed an interest in and an eye for Russian icons and decorative arts, including the dazzling Faberge eggs.
Located in an embassy enclave of the upper northwest neighborhood of Forest Hills, the estate is worth a visit.
Hillwood’s refurbished cafe is slated to open in spring 2018. Until then, the cafe offers self-service sandwiches.
Metro: Van Ness/UDC on the Red Line, with a mile-long walk to Hillwood. Exit to east side of Connecticut. Ave.