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99th Anniversary of Hilton Village

July 8, 2017 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT

Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director of the USS Monitor Center

Lecture begins at 4:00 PM in the Huntington Room
Be sure to arrive early, as the Huntington Room is a few minute’s walk from the lobby.

Hilton Village, established in 1918, in Newport News, Virginia, was the first public housing project built in the United States. Spurred on by Newport News Shipbuilding president Homer Ferguson, it was created to house shipyard workers during World War I. The village was the city’s first planned community and its first National Register of Historic Places district. Hilton’s distinctive cottage-style architecture, reminiscent of an English village, is one of the first examples of the New Urbanism and Garden City movements in America. Along the tree-lined streets are homes and shops that might have been pulled from a Dickens novel. The vision of the leaders who crafted Hilton Village — the shipyard’s Ferguson, Harvard University town planner Henry V. Hubbard, and world-renowned architect Francis Joannes — remains apparent.

This 99th celebration of the opening of Hilton Village will be presented by John V. Quarstein. An award-winning historian and preservationist, he is the director of the USS Monitor Center at The Mariners’ Museum and Park. Author of 16 books, the lecture will feature highlights from forthcoming book: Hilton Village: America’s First Planned Community.

This lecture is free with Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited. Reserve seats online below.



July 8, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT


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