From 1921 to 1951, Hillwood was the home of Post Cereal Company heiress and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post. The estate’s lavish Tudor-revival mansion was a symbol of wealth and social prominence that embraced Long Island’s Gold Coast in the early 20th century. Like Jay Gatsby’s West Egg manse, Hillwood was an idyllic country retreat for family and friends of Ms. Post and her second husband, financial wizard E.F. Hutton, to escape the noise and crowds of New York City. Tennis, horseback riding, swimming, and golf, not to mention opulent parties frequented by royalty, world ambassadors, and celebrities, were just a few of the favorite pastimes that guests enjoyed on the estate.
In 1951, recognizing the educational needs of the growing number of families moving to the suburbs, Long Island University purchased the 177-acre estate for $200,000. The university's Board of Trustees named the college for Marjorie's father, the great American breakfast cereal inventor Charles William Post.
Thanks to a generous gift from alumnus Gary Winnick (B.A. ’69) in 2004, the main residence of the Hillwood estate underwent a three-year restoration. Now known as Winnick House, the mansion’s bedrooms and living quarters have been converted into administrative offices, meeting rooms, and performance spaces. In the Great Hall, a meeting space, recital hall, and reception area for students and faculty, you can still enjoy the extraordinary architectural details in the woodwork and leaded windows while you envision the grand parties that took place here in the early part of the 20th century.
Today, the LIU Post campus covers 307 acres and comprises 47 buildings, 10 residence halls, and three historic mansions. Just 25 miles east of New York City, LIU Post is a scenic, historic, and scholarly campus that offers a small-school environment, but with the access and resources of a major metropolitan university.
Ranked a “Best Regional University,” by U.S. News and World Report, LIU Post offers more than 200 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and certificate programs. LIU Post is a leader in cultivating entrepreneurial spirit in our students through innovative collaborations, including Thoughbox@LIU tech and small-business incubator and student-run businesses. On-campus radio and television stations serve as real-world learning labs for media and journalism students, and LIU Post is proud to be the only university on Long Island equipped with a full service Equestrian Center, with barns, indoor and outdoor riding rings, and horse trails. Our campus is also home to Long Island’s premier concert and performance venue Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.
Students and student-athletes enjoy the amenities of the Pratt Recreation Center, including an eight-lane swimming pool, yoga studios, three basketball courts, indoor track, racquetball courts, weight room, and more. Beginning in fall 2014, students, alumni, family, and friends gather at the new Bethpage Stadium to cheer on the Pioneers’ top ranked Division II athletics programs.