Hilton Village
1000 block of Warwick Boulevard and Main Street
Newport News, VA

"Architecturally significant neighborhood of 500 English cottage-style homes and quaint shops stretching
from Warwick Boulevard to the James River.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places,
Hilton Village was built between 1918 and 1920 to provide wartime housing for workers at Newport News Shipbuilding."
 
 

The Colony Inn

(Separate Page created 10/24/09)
 

 


As we all know, Hilton Village was a "planned" community, the first federally financed housing project in the USA, built between 1918-19 to house workers at the shipyard, which was growing rapidly due to WWI.  They were well-built, with stucco exteriors, slate roofs, and designed to be served by a central heating facility.

In the original design for Hilton, there were two institutions on Main street in the block just SW (toward the school) of Warwick Boulevard, between Warwick and Piez Avenue.  They were essentially twins.  On the North side was "the Colony Inn" and on the South Side was "the Village Inn," which was really a restaurant   The Colony Inn was torn down in the early 1950s, at first replaced by a parking lot, and later by the one-story stores there now.   The Village Inn was torn down in about 1955, replaced by the bank and parking lot that are still there.

A few years later, the large building on Warwick Boulevard that housed the grocery store, with a social hall upstairs, was torn down to form the parking lot that is now in the middle of the block just north of Main Street.

Much of the original plan nonetheless survives.  At the corner of Main and Warwick, and at the corner of Main and River Road, there are churches on two of the corners (representing the major protestant Christian denominations: Methodist, Episcopal, Baptist and Presbyterian).  Main street businesses were served by alleys to the rear.  On the northeast side of Main & are the fire station and the library.  The Elementary School anchored Main Street on the river.  Houses, originally built for rental, were sold after WWI.  The central heating system never developed and refitting the houses with heat was a major challenge.  The elm trees planted throughout the village suffered from the great American (Chinese Elm Beetle) blight.  Most died by the 1950s and were replaced with chestnuts and pines. 

- Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 10/23/09
Thanks, Frank!
 

THEN:
 
Aerial View 1950s December 1953 December 1953  
Courtesy of 
The Library of Virginia
  "In this file photo from December 1953, the view of Hilton Village looks southward along then-named Warwick Road." "Also from 1953, this photo was taken along Warwick Road and Hopkins Street in Hilton Village."  
via Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 10/26/03
Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of Bob Buchan ('61)
of VA
Thanks, Bob!
Daily Press archive, Daily Press / March 10, 2009 Daily Press archive, Daily Press / March 10, 2009  
04/06/04 04/06/04 10/10/09 10/10/09  
 


YEARBOOK IMAGES:
1964 Anchor, p. 211 1965 Anchor, p. 222 1965 Trident, p. 90 1966 Anchor, p. 212 1967 Anchor, p. 283
 Anne Davidson ('64) Ricky Davis ('65) (Christopher Newport College) Joel Fisher ('66) John Knowles ('67)
04/10/07 12/02/03 04/10/07 04/10/07 04/10/07

http://historichiltonvillage.com/
 
10/21/03
 

NOW:
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/23/03
Thanks, Dave!
Beecroft & Bull, Ltd. "Here is the old brick gas station in Hilton.
I can't recall what brand it was, perhaps Esso/Exxon."
Courtesy of
http://www.newportnews.org/attractions/
   
via Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/16/03
Thanks, Dave!
Image by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/23/03
Thanks, Dave!
Image by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/16/08
Thanks, Dave!
     
THEN: NOW:

1950s - "Hilton Shopping Center, Warwick, Virginia"

Monday, July 5, 2004 - Hilton Shopping Center

Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/01/04
Thanks, Dave!

Image by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/07/04
Thanks, Dave!



.....My marketing students at Menchville High School are working on a project building a marketing plan for historic Hilton Village merchants and the neighborhood. It's an educational experience and no money whatsoever is involved. The village is very appreciative and supportive of the kids. In doing the plan they are developing a very extensive official website for HHV. They have done a ton of research and found some interesting things on your site.....In developing the Hilton Village site, we are looking for "memories".   Maybe you and others could share your memories of Hilton. 

The students will have a memories link.  You guys have an awesome website.  We have all enjoyed going through it.

Keep up the great work.

Anyone who would like to come see the results of the Hilton Village website unveiling is invited to attend - Thursday, April 19th, 2007 at 1:30 PM in the auditorium of Hilton Elementary School on River Road and Main Street.  We'd love to have you all.

- Gary Sealey, Menchville Marketing - 04/10/07
Thanks, Gary!  We'll put out the call!
 



Hi Carol, my sister-in-law found this site on Wikipedia which has some interesting information on Hilton Village:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilton_Village 

- June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA - 03/16/16
Thanks, June!
 


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