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Hill, Olivia Tutwiler, 1889-1974


Biographical Note

Olivia Tutwiler, daughter of James B. M. and Meta Anderson Tutwiler, was born in Lexington, Virginia on February 13, 1889. In 1904, the Tutwilers moved to Blacksburg, where they operated the Blacksburg Inn. After obtaining her teaching certificate from Longwood College (now Longwood University) in 1918, Tutwiler accepted a position as teacher at Childress (Montgomery County), Virginia, where she boarded with the Palmer family. Later returning to Blacksburg, she taught kindergarten for a year.

In 1922, Olivia Tutwiler married Henry H. "Bunker" Hill (1880-1954), a professor of chemistry at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. The couple would have two children, and Olivia Hill would continue to operate a boarding house near the Hill's Main Street home. Hill eventually opened her own kindergarten on Washington Street and also provided private tutoring in her home. In 1952, she established a school in Blacksburg Presbyterian Church and continued as its head until 1969; Hill continued to teach until retiring in 1973. Olivia Tutwiler Hill died on August 6, 1974.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Diary, Olivia Tutwiler Hill, [Montgomery County, VA], 1919 (Ms2016-004)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2016-004_HillOliviaTutwiler_diary_1919

Meta Tutwiler Hill Family History

Identifier: Ms-2023-001

This collection contains a transcription of a family history recounted by Meta "Mimi" Tutwiler Hill Boynton.

Dates: unknown

Olivia Tutwiler Hill Diary,

 Collection — Folder 1
Identifier: Ms-2016-004

Diary of Olivia Tutwiler (later Olivia Tutwiler Hill), a young teacher living in Blacksburg and Childress, Virginia, in 1919. The focus is primarily on a crush that Tutwiler had on a Virginia Tech cadet, but entries also chronicle an active social life.

Dates: 1919 - 1919