Samuel Hill made his fortune through a series of business deals and mergers. Originally from North Carolina, Hill married into the family of Railway magnate Benjamin Hill (no relation). His wife - Mary - and daughter - another Mary - were honored in the naming of the 70,000 acre estate Hill planned on the banks of the Columbia River here. Originally Hill had grandiose plans for establishing a large scale Quaker (!) colony here. He wanted there to be a grand house to serve as the focal point of the development - the house which is now the Maryhill Museum. Maryhill is now an active and well-run museum, showcasing its own collection as well as touring displays from around the Northwest. When I was there last, the Museum had a display of Choiully glass.
Fondest memory: The Maryhill Museum contains a great deal of interesting artifacts associated with Hill and his times. One element of the collections stems from his friendship with the early twentieth century dancer and personality Loie Fuller. Fuller helped Hill obtains dozens of sculptures and drawings of Auguste Rodin. Another focus of the collection deals with another female friend of Hill's: Queen Marie of Roumania. She was an eccentric and vibrant personality in her own right, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, later an author and traveling celebrity. She came to Maryhill in 1926 for the formal opening of the building - which was not actually completed then. Later, the Queen donated to the museum photographs, artworks, and dozens of her gowns.
Favorite thing: Maryhill State Park is a popular place to launch your surf=sail. I'm not about to go windsurfing, but I like to watch those braver (or more foolhardy) than me.