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Maryhill Museum

Maryhill Museum

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  • Date Posted: May 3, 2014
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  • Address: Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620, USA

The Maryhill Museum of Art is an historic castle that overlooks the Columbia River in Goldendale, Washington. It houses a Native American collection, Rodin sculpture, chess sets, and European and American Realism paintings among other things.

The Maryhill Museum of Art is located in a building that was originally meant to be the home of Samuel Hill, an influential businessman who was born in Deep River, North Carolina and raised in a Quaker family. The mansion was originally planned to be part of a small Quaker farming community that was located on 5,300 acres along the Columbia River. This small farming community contained a store, post office, Quaker church, an inn, blacksmith shop, and a stable. Unfortunately, a lack of irrigation and an inability to solve the water issue brought construction of the mansion and future plans to a halt in 1917.

Samuel Hill’s wife was the daughter of Samuel Hill’s boss at the Great Northern Railway where Sam worked in 1886. Her name was Mary and she stayed behind with their two children (Mary and James) when Sam Hill headed off to Seattle to serve as president of the Seattle Gas and Electric Company in 1899. The wife and kids eventually did join Sam for about 6 months in Seattle, but then returned to Minneapolis for the duration of their marriage, apparently.

Samuel Hill formed the Maryhill Land Company (whereupon the Quaker farming community was to built) in the early 1900’s after his daughter, Mary.

The visionary who actually convinced Sam Hill to make his gigantic mansion into an art museum was Loie Fuller. The museum was dedicated by Queen Marie of Romania, because Sam Hill had some connections and the dedication of the museum became a national event that hosted 2,000 people. Unfortunately, Samuel Hill died at the age of 73 before the museum was opened to the public. Appropriately, (since he had died) it was opened on May 13, 1940, Samuel Hill’s birthday.

The Maryhill Museum of Art is open to the public between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Admission is under $10 per person. Call 509-773-3733 for more information.

Paranormal Reports:

Disembodied sounds and cold spots have been reported by people working and visiting the Maryhill Museum.


Maryhill Museum of Art (2010). Maryhill Museum of Art: Experience the Enchantment. Retrieved June 8, 2010 from

Shadow lord (1998). Shadowlands Haunted Places Index In Washington. Retrieved June 1, 2010 from

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