People often ask why I moved from Manhattan to Maine. Simply put, I wanted a change!
After living in subsidized housing while attending a private school on the Upper East Side for middle and high school with the aid of a scholarship from 1978 through 1985, I attended Bennington College in Vermont for one year, also via scholarship. I loved Vermont and the academics but I really wanted to be in a more economically diverse setting in New England since being the “scholarship kid” among the wealthy elite had its challenges. I transferred to the University of Maine in Orono where I earned my B.A. in English and then went on to earn an M.S. in Counselor Education at The University of Vermont in Burlington.
While living on a small stipend from a department assistantship I resided in a charming tiny house in the woods that the UPS driver mistook for a shed one day when I had to chase after him for my package. In 1999 I gravitated back to the coast of Maine where I’ve since remained.
Hillstock was founded in 2002 and I am the curator of the Hillstock Collection, a treasure trove of antique and vintage ephemera.
Some other things about me: I’m a chipmunk whisperer, thrifty Yankee, vintage diet expert, old-school homemaker and caretaker of a two acre Certified Wildlife Habitat I call home. My cottage was built in the 1950s and has had few cosmetic updates since that time which is aligned with my aesthetic of being outdated by design™. I’m in long term recovery from alcoholism and cherish my sobriety.
Averyl Hill, M.S.