How We Are Run

How We Are Run

Hillwood is governed by a Board of Trustees, some of whom are members of the Post family. 

Members of the Board of Trustees:

  • Amy Meadows, President
  • Lucy S. Rhame, First Vice President and Treasurer
  • Ellen MacNeille Charles, President Emerita
  • Susan Bollendorf, Vice President
  • Kathryn Vigé Hicks, Secretary
  • Sophie Hawkins, Assistant Treasurer
  • Nancy Appleby
  • Amy Ballard
  • Sally E. Chapoton
  • Marcia DeWitt
  • Joshua Hildreth
  • George D. Iverson
  • Betsy Scott Kleeblatt
  • Jocelyn Linke
  • Mark Lowham
  • Alison Martin
  • Sara O'Keefe
  • Jeannette Petite
  • W. Brett Rees
  • Nedenia C. Rumbough
  • Stanley H. Rumbough
  • Beth Newburger Schwartz
  • Janice Shrader
  • Mary Emerson Slimp
  • Douglas Reid Weimer, Esq.
  • Gail Berry West

The executive director is responsible for the day to day operations of the estate; a staff  of more than 90 employees and 400 active volunteers assists the executive director in all aspects of the operations, including:

  • Administration
  • Curatorial and Collections
  • External Affairs
  • Finance and Security Services
  • Horticulture
  • Human Resources
  • Interpretation
  • Operations and Technology

The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums.


Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens’ mission is to delight and engage visitors with an experience inspired by the life of founder Marjorie Merriweather Post and her passion for excellence, gracious hospitality, art, history, and gardens.


Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens presents in its stunning original setting the extraordinary life and legacy of Marjorie Merriweather Post, by developing the resources she left in trust to their fullest potential for future generations. Hillwood presents internationally significant collections of art, dynamic changing exhibitions and a fabulous historic estate and gardens, providing current audiences with a visceral sense of a dynamic life and inspiration for their own endeavors.

Core Value Statement

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, in a spirit of graciousness, strives for professional excellence and fascinated and engaged visitors according to the high standards established by Marjorie Merriweather Post.


Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens' mandate is to preserve the twenty-five acre estate, museum and gardens that Marjorie Merriweather Post developed to house her important collections of Russian Imperial art, French decorative arts, costumes, textiles, and jewelry and to interpret and present them for the enjoyment of the public. Hillwood continues Post’s legacy by sharing the contributions she made in the fields of American business leadership; women’s studies; progressive thought; political history; philanthropy; community and social involvement; healthy lifestyles; Russian imperial art; French decorative arts; costume, jewelry and textile design and estate and garden design. It is an important scholarly voice on Russian and Western European decorative arts and twentieth-century material culture.