The Hill House

The Hill House, Portsmouth: Address, Phone Number, The Hill House Reviews: 5/5

The Hill House
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Palomino922
Virginia Beach, VA1,023 contributions
Historic look into Old Town Portsmouth
Sep 2019
We came primarily to view the recent exhibit of historic wedding dresses but ended up really enjoying our tour of Hill House. Firstly the tours are on Wednesdays and Sundays but the house is open everyday. The website is really not very clear on that. The exhibit was very interesting showing some lovely dresses some of which were worn once while others had a family history of being worn multiple times by family members. Unfortunately the exhibit will close Sept. 23rd. Even without this special exhibit this house is definitely worthy of a visit. Built in 1825, Hill House is a beautiful house with three stories full of family belongings, furniture and decor from the 19th and 20th centuries, collected through generations, and left in their original places. You can only imagine the history that occurred there. Cost of entry is $10 (another omission on the web site) which may be a bit high but it does go toward the recent and future renovations.
Written September 21, 2019
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Ana C S
Delray Beach, FL63 contributions
Dog
Jun 2019 • Solo
It's only open Wednesday and Saturday 12 noon to 2:30pm
Not good for travel without being asked for a little more tme to have this place open.
Written June 29, 2019
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rachel s
3 contributions
A step back in time!!!
Sep 2016 • Friends
Wow!!! An amazing place! It is worth the $5 admission fee. The docents are very well informed about the house and are very warm and welcoming. The place is full of items from around the turn of the century, including clothes and quilts. This is a must see! They are open on Saturdays starting at 11, but it is run by volunteers so during the week, it would be best to call ahead,
Written September 19, 2016
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TAuser10102019
Portsmouth35 contributions
A unique peek of real life in the 1800-1900's
May 2015 • Friends
When the last surviving Hill sister died, she left the house and all of the original furnishings and even clothing to be shared with the public. Nothing is a reproduction. It is all original to how they lived. Although none of the sisters married, it is evident that they traveled the world and enjoyed their lives. Lots of steps but worth every one of them.
Written April 25, 2016
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Cindee L
Portsmouth, VA23 contributions
See History
Apr 2015 • Friends
This is a chance to see how a wealthy Portsmouth family lived in the 19th and 20th century. A visit to this museum/home is truly a step back in time. It feels as if the family has just stepped out and will be back any time. If you are a history buff, do not miss this one!
Written December 16, 2015
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boxshop
Norfolk, VA5,733 contributions
Merrill Lynch Customer Appreciation Event
Dec 2015 • Business
I had never heard of this amazing museum and was truly fascinated with how beautiful it is. It is absolutely fully staged as it was when the family lived in this gorgeous home. I have lived in tidewater for 40 years and this is a true gem.
Written December 3, 2015
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DDRUSN
Portsmouth, VA28 contributions
Step back in time and glimpse a life of privilege
May 2015 • Friends
The last heirs in this family left the house and everything in it for a museum. Clothes are left in the closet; silverware is left in the caddy, etc. This wealthy family was into horticulture and developing new types of flowers. The garden is perfect for afternoon tea, but it will have to be Mother's Day in order to enjoy that option. This house gives you a unique perspective into that time period and is a must see.
Written June 30, 2015
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Nicgar11
48 contributions
Great Tour Into the Past
May 2015 • Family
I went on this tour on a Saturday afternoon with my sister and 10month old son. We were the only ones there at the time and they did a tour just for us. It was definitely nice to have the guide to ourselves so we could ask questions and the baby wouldn't bother anyone else when he would get fussy. The tour lasted roughly 45 min and had an encouraged $5 donation entry fee. They only take cash and I only had $10 on me so I felt bad for not tipping the guide and his daughter because they did a great job and pointed out many neat original objects in the home. I have done several historic home tours and this one is on the top of my list mainly for all the authentic items intact from the Hill family. This a great stop in the historic section of Portsmouth. Tours are Sat. and Sun. 11-3.
Written May 24, 2015
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Frederick H
Madison, GA25 contributions
History
Jun 2014 • Friends
Went with a group of Master Gardners for a tour. The guide was very up on a fantastic amount of history of the Hill house.
A must see place.
Written November 3, 2014
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Londonstreeta
3 contributions
A Step Back In Time
Aug 2014
Wonderful tour of an 18th century home in the heart of Historic Olde Towne Portsmouth. Docents are all volunteers and love sharing great stories about the home with the public. All furnishings on the house are original. Very Awsome!
Written August 5, 2014
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