Sam Hill is born May 13th in Deep River, North Carolina to a prominent Quaker family. The family is active in the anti-slavery movement and underground railroad.
Following Civil War, family moves to Minneapolis, Minnesota after receiving threats because of their abolitionist activities.
Attends Haverford and Harvard Universities, earning his law degree.
Joins legal team for James J. Hill's Great Northern Railway in Minneapolis. His work for the company will eventually bring him to the Pacific Northwest for the first time.
Marries Mary Frances Hill, J.J. Hill’s daughter.
Daughter, Mary Mendenhall Hill is born.
Son, James Nathan Hill is born.
Sam begins a life-long passion for promoting good roads by becoming a founder and first president of the Washington Good Roads Association.
Hill begins construction of a house in Seattle, Washington marking his formal move to the region.
Hill buys 6000 acres in Klickitat County Washington and begins building the Maryhill farming community. The centerpiece of the estate will be Hill's three story mansion overlooking the Columbia River.
Hill hires road engineer Samuel Lancaster to build roads at his Maryhill estate. Lancaster will apply what he learns at Maryhill to the more ambitious Columbia River Highway project.
Expanding his good roads campaign, Hill becomes president of the Pacific Highway Association. The group promoted building a road from Washington through Oregon to California which will eventually become Highway 99.
Effort to build highway on north bank of Columbia River fails and Hill turns his attention to persuading Oregon to build the road.
In his effort to convince Oregon that building a road through the Gorge was possible, Hill shows Governor West and the Oregon Legislature his Maryhill roads.
Legislature approves funding for the Columbia River Highway and construction begins.
Columbia River Highway is completed.
Hill begins construction of Stonehenge Monument at this Maryhill estate as a memorial to local men who lost their lives in World War I.
Hill begins transforming his failed farming community into the Maryhill Museum of Art which he hopes will become an oasis of art and culture in the region.
Dedicates Peace Arch in Blaine Washington commemorating peace between the U.S. and Canada.
Queen Marie of Roumania dedicates Maryhill Museum.