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.

In 1955, the heiress purchased the 25-acre property known as Arbremont (renamed Hillwood, after the palatial Long Island estate she had shared with former husband E.F. Hutton) with the express intent of utilizing the neo-Georgian mansion as both a home and a gracious milieu in which to showcase her vast collections. “She felt that her way of life was one that was ‘fast disappearing’ and that there was value in sharing it with the next generations,” says Lynn Rossotti, director of marketing for Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.

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