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Hampton Roads History: Hilton Village’s Colony Inn

March 19, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Advance registration is required.

Join us for a virtual lecture with author and historian John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center. Quarstein will give a presentation about a charming and chic, yet forgotten landmark once situated in Newport News’ popular neighborhood of Hilton Village.

About the lecture:
The Washington Naval Treaty’s impact on the Newport News Shipyard caused projects like Hilton Village to falter. Henry Edwards “Eddie” Huntington refused to see this model “Garden City” community suffer. So, in 1924, Eddie funded the construction of the Colony Inn at the intersection of Warwick Road and Main Street. The Colony Inn’s charming Tudor Revival architecture and English-styled interior decorations made it virtually an equal to The Chamberlin Hotel on Old Point Comfort. Promoted as “An English Inn on the American Plan,” its old English spirit gave the Colony Inn a delightful atmosphere. When coupled with “typical Southern hospitality,” the Inn never lacked patronage. Luminaries like President Herbert Hoover and his wife, Robert Frost, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Archer Milton Huntington stayed in this posh establishment during the 1930s. Yet, this Hilton landmark began to fade in the late 1950s and was demolished to make way for modern buildings.

Hampton Roads History: Hilton Village’s Colony Inn
March 19 • 12 p.m. (ET)

Viewers are welcome to send John any comments or questions during the presentation, and he will answer them following his talk.

Image credit: Exterior view of the Colony Inn in Hilton Village, after 1901. Courtesy of Newport News Public Library.
John Quarstein

John V. Quarstein
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March 19, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
(757) 596-2222