Hildene, Manchester, Vermont
1005 Hildene Rd, Manchester, Vermont 05254| Map |
Hildene was the summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln, the eldest son of President Abraham Lincoln, and his wife Mary Harlan Lincoln. He was the only child of the president to live to adulthood. The name Hildene is from the old English words meaning hill and valley with stream. The house was completed in 1905 in the Georgian Revival style and is located on a 300 foot promontory overlooking the Battenkill Valley. At the time, Robert Lincoln was president of the Pullman Company, succeeding George Pullman after his death in 1897. Approximately half of the 412-acre estate is located at the lower level of the valley and includes meadows and wetlands. The home is furnished almost entirely with Lincoln family furniture and contains artifacts belonging to Robert Todd Lincoln and his parents. In 2008, the Rowland Agricultural Center at Hildene Farm opened to the public with a herd of Nubian goats and a cheese making facility. A restored 1903 wooden Pullman palace car, Sunbeam, is a recent addition to the estate. The car came off the line during Robert's tenure as president of the Pullman Company.
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Hildene visitors can enjoy a brief video orientation in the Welcome Center, a self-guided tour of the Lincoln home, a demonstration of the 1,000-pipe Aeolian organ and access to the formal gardens, cutting and kitchen gardens. Separate Grounds passes are available to visit the gardens, grounds, walking trails and Hildene farm but are not valid for admission into the Lincoln home.
Address: 1005 Hildene Rd, Manchester, Vermont 05254| Map
Hours: Mon-Sun 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas More Info
Price: Adults: $16; Children: $5; Children:(0-6): Free More Info
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Worth the tour especially to see the gardensFlag review
We visited with our three month old. The house was not stroller friendly. We took turns in taking the self guided tour while the other kept the baby company in the gardens. The view of the gardens and the surrounding green mountains were worth the visit.
Tips for Families
If you want to do the mansion tour with the baby, make sure to bring a baby carrier. Make time to spend in the gardens and exploring the property.
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