Bequeathing Beauty:
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

American heiress & philanthropist Marjorie Merriweather Post donated her lavish Hillwood Estate as a sanctuary dedicated to the celebration of beauty.

Marjorie Merriweather Post grew up the privileged only child of Post Cereals company founder C.W. Post and his wife, Ella. Later, as a young wife and mother living in New York City, she fell in love with Louis XVI– era art and cultivated the decorating style that remained a theme throughout her life. In 1914, at just 27 years old, Marjorie assumed the corporate mantle after her parents’ deaths, channeling her father’s entrepreneurial spirit and parlaying the company into the giant General Foods Corporation. But Marjorie’s enthusiasm for acquisition wasn’t limited to the business world. Throughout her lifetime, she amassed amazing collections that encompassed everything from blue Sèvres porcelain and eighteenth-century French furniture to Fabergé eggs and Russian liturgical icons.

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