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History

Original Hill HouseFully renovated with guests’ comfort in mind, this expansive Victorian house exudes history and architectural detail. Recently saved from ruins, the original owner was world famous rosarian, E.G Hill.

The former Hill House is classified as a Stick Victorian style home and is now painted to evoke the look of a “painted lady”. The original owners, the Hills, were a brother and sister team, and were Richmond entrepreneurs of the mid 1800s.

Mr. Hill added personal flourishes to the early 1800s farmhouse he purchased in the 1870s.  He and his family lived on the west side, while his business partner and sister, Sarah, lived on the east side. The house is an interesting conglomeration of style and design elements.

Rose LadiesWhile brother EG Hill traveled the world cultivating hybrids for their successful rose growing business, sister Sarah was the scientist of the operation. Because it was not socially acceptable for women to be engaged in business ventures, she remained in Richmond working from their home at 2035 East Main on her beloved roses.

Sarah HillStarting with a few greenhouses in the back yard, the business flourished into a massive rose growing greenhouse establishment on the west side of Richmond. The business was family-owned for almost 100 years, before competition from foreign markets forced them to close. The greenhouses were abandoned and torn down in the summer of 2005.

Fortunately, the owners of Girls Night Inn were able to salvage the original copies of the Hill & Company catalogs from demolition crews on the job. An extensive collection of memorabilia is on display at the Inn to commemorate the original owners.