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“A great piece of history.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hildene

Hildene
1005 Hildene Rd, Manchester, VT 05254
802-362-1788
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Manchester
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Gardens, Ski/ Snowboard Areas, Concerts, Cultural
Activities: Skiing
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Owner description: Historic home of Robert Todd Lincoln, only child of President and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood. The estate has beautiful gardens, restored 1903 wooden Pullman palace car, goat farm and cheesemaking facility, walking trails and cross-country skiing in winter.
NJ
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“A great piece of history.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

What a beautiful place and a great snap shot of history. The house and artifacts are amazing. We were there 3 hours and will go back for more! You can easily spend a day, between the house, farm and walking trails.

Visited April 2013
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“The year to go”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

As a piece of architecture Hildene is impressive. The story of its preservation is even more impressive. But frankly once you have seen a few over the top mansions from "that age" they all begin to look alike. You should go to Hildene for what it represents in American history. This was the home of Lincoln's son Robert Todd, whom the movie "Lincoln" treated without much interest. In fact he was very interesting and obviously made his way in life without resorting to his father's name. Americans need to know this because so often children of the famous achieve far less than their parent. The Lincoln family history is the quintessential American story. But if it is only about Abe the story is one dimensional. There is much more and this is the year to take in another important part.

Visited April 2013
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Stow
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“Hildene: Highlight of our Manchester VT Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

The highlight of our trip to Manchester VT was a visit to the Lincoln family home, "Hildene," a short drive down the road from center of town. Wonderfully staffed by articulate and knowledgeable volunteers and staff, Hildene is both historic and you can get in up to 7 miles of hiking if you do all the trails and loops on the property. We were pleased with the written descriptions of each room, which contained a satisfying amount of information without being excessive. The home contains some significant artifacts; so important that one would expect to find them at the Smithsonian! Make this the focal point of your visit.

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Boston, MA
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“Unexpectedly interesting and beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We took a short weekend break in VT and received tickets to visit Hildene. It is the home of Abraham Lincoln's son Robert Todd Lincoln. It is a remarkably pleasant home with a wonderfully assembled self-guiding tour that gives insight into the Lincoln family. There are some very unexpected pieces of President Lincoln memorabilia. There is a beautiful Pulman coach there (Robert was President of Pullman). There is also a wonderful working farm complete with cheese making. You get a strong sense of how much care and attention the local volunteers have poured into this place. Quite an inspiration in these jaded times. On top of all that there are delightful walks through the extensive grounds with great views of the beautiful mountains. I would strongly recommend visiting. We visited in early April and it was beautiful. It must be extraordinary when the gardens are in full bloom (we hope to go back and see that).

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Barre, Vermont
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“Hildene - A True Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Hildene - A True Treasure! The Lincoln Family home is amazing. The house & grounds, the furnishings, the pictures, papers and other treasurers provide an incredible view into one of the most notable & noble families in American History. Wow!

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