2. Grace Hill Hubbard Litchfield inspired the nickname Grace Hill

Exterior of Litchfield Villa.
Ornate decorations outline sections of Litchfield Villa.

Edwin C. Litchfield married Grace Hill Hubbard Litchfield on September 14, 1841. Sixteen years after their marriage, Litchfield found other ways to express his love for her, one of which was naming his new villa “Grace Hill” in honor of his bride.

Born in 1818, Grace lived until age 62. Throughout her life, she cared for her five children while her husband worked as a district attorney and oversaw railroad operations. Following her death in 1881, she was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery. Litchfield then left the mansion because without the namesake of his villa, what was the point of staying?