Hillwood Estates

Now don’t get me wrong, the National Mall is amazing. Still to this day, I love walking by national monuments that represent our country and hold such a rich history. A-M-E-R-I-C-A!!!  But it is nice to have something different up your sleeve to wow your out-of-town guests that’s oh-so- D.C.

Well, I’ve got just the thing for you.

Over Easter, my mom, Brian, and I toured Hillwood Estates and Gardens. Home to  Marjorie Merriweather Post, heir to the Post cereal fortune.  I like to call myself a cereal connoisseur and basically lived off of cereal in college.  Grape-Nuts,  invented by Marjorie’s father, just happens to be one of my favorites. hillwood estates washington dc

Marjorie was quite the socialite of her day, and was known to host a mean party. Not to sell her short, she’s also known as the one of the first business women in America, an art collector, and a dedicated philanthropist.

The weather couldn’t have been better the day we visited. Before our tour of the mansion began, we walked around the gardens and ate lunch. We packed a picnic and snagged a spot where we could enjoy the view.

hillwood estates washington dc Afterwards we toured the lovely mansion with our knowledgeable docent who shared stories of Marjorie’s full life.   She was not only an art collector, but a very strong business woman. With her second husband, Wall Street financier Edward F. Hutton, she formed the General Foods Corporation. She traveled with her third husband, Joseph E. Davies,to the Soviet Union, where he served as the American ambassador right before  World War II. Hillwood Estates now houses the largest fabrege’ egg collection outside of Russia.

My favorite stories though weren’t about her wealth and riches, but of her kindness and generosity. Over the years, she donated millions of dollars to charities, including $100,000 to build the Kennedy Center.

Marjorie Merriweather Post Mansion in Washington D.C.

Some of my favorite pieces of  her collection were (all pictured below):

Marjorie Merriweather Post Mansion in Washington D.C.

Check out the Hillowood Estates Welcome Video for a glimpse into Marjorie’s lavish house and life.

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