New Lecture: 99th Anniversary of Hilton Village

The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
United States 100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606


  • Free with Museum Admission: $Free with Museum Admission

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.