Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center
Lecture begins at 3:30 PM
FREE for Members or free with Museum admission. Guests attending the lecture only can purchase a $5 ticket thirty minutes prior to the event.
No RSVP required. Please arrive early, as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors to the lecture will open at 3:00 PM.
Located in the Huntington Room
This is the last lecture in our Historic Winter Speaker Series, titled, “Charting the Course to Greatness: The First Decade”.
Hilton Village, established in 1918, was the country’s first public housing project and Newport News’ first planned community. Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company President, Homer L. Ferguson, lobbied for the creation of Hilton Village to house shipyard workers. The village is located two miles from the shipyard in the woods of Warwick County, adjacent to the James River. It is the first National Register of Historic Places district. Hilton’s distinctive cottage-style architecture, reminiscent of an English village, is among the first examples of the New Urbanism and Garden City movements in America. The vision of the leaders who crafted Hilton Village – the shipyard’s Ferguson, renowned architect, Frances Y. Joannes, Harvard University town planner, Henry Hubbard, brilliant engineer, Francis Bulot, and philanthropist, Henry E. Huntington – remains apparent to this day.