I had read much about Hillwood and wanted to view the extensive collections that Marjorie Merryweather Post had accumulated. What I found was more than I ever imagined and left thinking what an extravagant life this woman must have had.
We entered the gated property after a guard greeted us and instructed us to the location for parking. Upon entering the facility, we paid for a family of four to visit and tour -- cost of $40.
Our first stop was a short video telling about Hillwood and the life of Ms. Post. Then were given a tour map as well as a set of headphones and mp3 player that offered a self-guided tour throughout.
When we walked up to the property, we entered at the back entrance of the estate. When we entered, we were simply stunned. The walls were lined with oil paintings of Russian elite, including the oversized portrait of Catherine the Great.
The home itself was staggering. The butler's pantry alone was larger than most kitchens. The dining room was especially striking, with the table set from Ms. Post's china. The table, which was actually made for Maro Lago, featured an inset that was unbelievable. It was also huge!
The collections were priceless -- from the Russian art to the China settings to the Faberge items. Everywhere we turned there was something rare -- and Expensive. One little hall with curios featured carvings out of ivory and jade. There is no telling how much money was in this one place.
Down the stairs was a room which featured a retractable movie screen. Upstairs was Ms. Post's bedroom suite and more.
Outside, the gardens were simply spectacular. Exquisitely sculpted, the gardens were in full bloom. Amazing color, amazing variety, a treat for any person who loves flowers.
Our youngest child did not want to go to this site. When it was time to leave, he was the last person who was ready to go. He really enjoyed the history and the voice tour.
If you visit Washington, D.C. and have the time, this is a site that must be considered. It is near the National Cathedral and the Zoo on the North side of town.
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