|Object ID number||1998.30.001|
|Title||Hills' Grove materials|
|Scope & Content||Documents related to the Hills' Grove club, a dance hall and picnic pavillion off of Sullivan Avenue.|
|Orgnaizational or Biographical History||
Norman Priest was born June 26, 1912 in the Wapping section of South Windsor, Connecticut. He was the son of Abby Hills Priest and John Paul Arthur Priest. Norman was an only child. He grew up in the family homestead located at 1407 Sullivan Avenue, Wapping, Connecticut, built in 1823 by Lawrence Stoughton, uncle to Norman's grandfather, Wilbur Hills. Norman's uncle, Norman Hills, ran a dairy and tobacco farm at the homestead while Norman's father "Paul" Priest was Postmaster of the Wapping Post Office, which was housed in Mr. Priest's General Store located on Ellington Road, Wapping, Connecticut.
Norman graduated from Wapping Elementary School and Manchester High School. He went on to graduate from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine in 1934 with a B. S. degree.
Following graduation, he returned home to work with his uncle on the farm. Norman eventually managed the farm until 1970 when he sold all the cows.
Norman was an avocational horticulturist and earned a reputation among his peers of being an expert in plant identification. He developed extensive flower gardens at his home where he grew many rare and unusual plants. His specialties were rock gardens and rhododendrons. Norman was a member of the Connecticut Horticultural Society as well as several other gardening societies.
In 1955, he married Edna Canham, a school teacher from Auburn, Maine. They met through Norman's visits to Edna's mother's gardens twenty years before, and they were married in her mother's garden in Auburn. Following their marriage, they traveled extensively visiting gardens in England, the Northwest, Canada, and elsewhere. The couple had no children.
Norman died March 16, 1998 after a brief illness.
|Collection||Edna and Norman Priest Collection|
Hills' Grove, Sullivan Avenue