May is the month for emeralds! The lush green of emerald has soothed souls and excited imaginations since the antiquity. The name comes from the ancient Greek word for green, “smaragdus”. Rome’s Pliny the Elder described emerald in his Natural History, published in the first century AD as “nothing greens greener”.
One of the many perks of living in a large metropolitan area, is the abundance of cultural activities. Our area is blessed with tremendous museums. One of my favorite places to visit, is Hillwood, Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Washington, D.C. estate, which is now a museum. Following her divorce from her third husband, Joseph Davies in 1955, Marjorie purchased Hillwood, which remained her Washington residence for the rest of her life. Hillwood is surrounded by 25 acres of lawn and gardens in northwest Washington, on the edge of Rock Creek Park.
Here is the second post on Barbara Hutton that I promised you!
Barbara Woolworth Hutton was born in New York City on November 14, 1912 and died May 11, 1979 in Beverly Hills. She was only 66 when she died. Decades before Elizabeth Taylor, Athina Onassis Roussel or Kim Kardashian (for this generation) became famous, the original front page heiress/celebrity was Barbara Hutton. She was known as “the million dollar baby” and “the poor little rich girl” the title of a Noël Coward 1920’s song. She became front page news (at age 5) when her mother died. After that, every major event of her life was publicized in the newspapers.