The Hill House
The Hill House
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Nicgar11
48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Palomino922
Virginia Beach, VA1,066 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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TAuser10102019
Portsmouth38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Dawn R
Portsmouth, VA32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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altfrau
Ocala, FL84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
This place was turned over as is by the family as a museum. Everything was there and still is- it's like someone still lives there but you're walking into the 19th century. My favorite thing is one of the first dishwashers ever attached to the huge porcelain sink in the kitchen. The cupboards are full of ordinary everyday things and when you see them through the glass is the Hoosier cabinet you just might feel like you're at your granny's house! It has been painted it's original color and the gardens designed by Portsmouth Master Gardener Volunteers and serves as a historic wedding venue.
Written June 30, 2014
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triptoethru
Portsmouth, VA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Solo
Having watched "The Haunting" of Hill House movies, I'd like to say what a delight it was to see the incredible renovation of Portsmouth's famous historical Hill House since the first time I saw it about six years ago. On my first tour back then, it really was a bit of a horror story--dark, damp and dingy. Nothing had been done to keep the place from falling to pieces and that's exactly what was happening. Then, a new group of energetic historic preservationists took over, and we now have one of the best historical home museums on the East Coast. In addition to major (and very necessary) exterior and interior renovations, the grounds were excavated, revealing buried treasures now on display in the house. Then the grounds were replanted into a beautiful and fruitful garden. Great opportunity to see how people lived a couple of centuries ago--clothing and other artifacts are in the closets and on the shelves. Hill House is in the middle of one of the finest historic districts on the East Coast, located at Mile Marker 0 and next to Portsmouth's historic Downtown, established in 1758.
Written November 25, 2013
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likebeach
Virginia Beach, VA, USA409 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
Only open on Wednesdays from noon until 4 PM, but definitely worth planning your time to visit. This home was left to the Portsmouth Historical Society when the last member of the family died in the 1960s. The history of the family is very interesting. The four story home was left intact with all the furniture, art, china, silver. What a treat! Very unusual to get to see a home that has all original furnishings. It was built in the 1880s, but is decorated in the Victorian style.
Written September 14, 2013
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rachel s
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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boxshop
Norfolk, VA5,948 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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