Hermitage Museum and Gardens

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In 1907, William and Florence Sloane began construction on a five-room summer cottage on the banks of the Lafayette River in Norfolk. Over the course of 30 years, they would expand their home from its origins as a summer retreat into a 42-room Arts and Crafts mansion nestled on 12 acres of gardens and grounds. As their home grew, so did their desire to bring an arts scene to southeastern Virginia. In 1937, the Sloanes turned their attention to repurposing their home as a museum. By opening the site to the public, the Sloane family created a new space for the arts and education in Norfolk. Today, visitors continue to enjoy their vision through an expansive art collection and acres of gardens and grounds.
ISBN: 9781467120616
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Virginia
Series: Images of America
Images: 188
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Colin Brady, curator of collections for the Hermitage Museum, has selected from the archives images that trace the Hermitage's evolution from a personal residence to its current state as a museum. Through this visual narrative of the gardens, home, and collection, the museum hopes to convey the importance of the Sloane legacy in Norfolk.