Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Open House Tour at Hill House

We were just taking a Sunday drive in Abbeville, SC, when we saw a sign at the gates, Open House 2-5.  We asked ourselves if Hill House, owned by the Hill family was for sale? No, the Hill's were just sharing the house decorated for Christmas and refreshments. The Christmas Open House is open every Sunday afternoon beginning Thanksgiving weekend thru the Sunday before Christmas with free admission.  It is a beautiful home and the family said I could take all the pictures I wanted!  So, hope you enjoy the tour!

The house was built by David Lesly in 1839 and was purchased by John Livingston Hill in 1893.  It has been in the Hill family since then. All the family lives in other homes and keep the house in good order for weddings and events.  We were greeted by the family with a warm welcome in the front hall.

The Front Hall  (how inviting!)


An elegant view into the Back Hall

Let's go into the parlor.

I love the yellow walls! The family has kept the home very cozy!  And I love the stripes on the sofa!

Original piano that has always been in the house.

This is the formal dining room with a door that leads to a side porch.

This organ was in the corner of the formal dining room.  I started inserting the web page for the wedding and events, but I've just taken too many pictures to do that individually.

The everyday dining room is my favorite room in the house.  Both dining rooms and kitchen are all now on the same side of the house for easy access.  I love the colors in this room!

This beautiful modern kitchen was built on to replace the detached original kitchen.

DH is looking out at the pasture.  What a wonderful place to look at the sunset while preparing meals.

We are in the back hall again.. 

The law books and deed holders look beautiful in the back hall.
Now into a downstairs bedroom.  The gorgeous  furniture is original to the family.

Let's go upstairs into the wide middle hall.

At the end of the hall is another beautiful Christmas tree!  The upstairs has four large rooms originally used as bedrooms.  The first room is used as an office now.

There is a blue bedroom.

The second bedroom is the master bedroom. 

And the fourth bedroom is where the owner keeps her dolls!

I will stop here for now and post pictures of the dolls soon! Click here.

Hope you enjoyed the tour! I certainly did!
 Thank you to the Hill's for graciously opening up your family home. 



  1. Thanks Lottie, for the tour. It is really beautiful, I would love to live there. Can't wait to see you post her dolls. I collected dolls at one time and still have quiet a few,gave some to my two granddaughters.

  2. Wow, how lovely!

    I can imagine what fun you had going through this magnificent home all decked for Christmas!

    Thank you for sharing these photos.

    :) Hope

  3. Oh my gosh! That Victorian walnut bedroom suite is gorgeous! With the matching wardrobe?! They are lucky to have some original pieces! They are also very kind to show off their lovely home free of charge. How lucky that you happened upon it too! Thanks for sharing! Gina

  4. I love Christmas House tours! It was nice that they permitted pictures where you can look at them over and over. Thank you for the look into this historic one.

  5. I love to tour older homes/historic homes at Christmas time.

    Can't wait to see what you have next.

    M :)

  6. What a lovely home. And how amazing is it that the family keeps it for special gatherings. Wow.

  7. Cool that you happened across this home. It is so much fun to tour homes and Christmas time would be a special time to do this. It is especially nice when you have seen a home and wonder what it is like on the inside!

    PS. You said on my post you love cleaning house!? REALLY!! I wish I loved dusting---I wait until I can see the dust well , otherwise, I feel I am not accomplishing anything, lol.