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Historic home of Robert 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, 12+ miles of walking trails...more
All reviews pullman car goat farm self guided tour restored pullman pullman company pipe organ gift shop welcome center rail car grounds are beautiful formal gardens american history baby goats original furnishings full bloom goat cheese robert todd
This place is so beautiful, just like every where I see in Vermont. My three love the goat farm and Dene farm the most. We arrived Dene farm at 4:30ish when it's almost time to close, but the lady work at the farm there (...More
We toured the house with my kids who are both about 10. The coolest thing they had in there was one of Abraham Lincoln's actual hats. People that were working there seemed to really be into the house and the working goat farm was enjoyed...More
It was interesting to walk around and see how the rich lived in the early 1900s. They also have a goat farm where you can see the cheese making process, a working farm, and a Pullman train car. Worth a stop.
Great place to visit interesting history about our forefathers. Wonderful gardens great place to take kid's lots to see and do. Learn about sustainable gardening back in the time before stores. Wonderfully kept up building's learn about Pullman rail cars. Nice view for foliage seekers.
We agree with the other reviewers who praise this lovely property. We particularly enjoyed the fact that, in spite of enormous wealth, the home was not a "gilded", over-decorated house. The guides were polite and informative. The spectacular setting and freedom to roam about was...More
We had such a great time at Robert Todd Lincoln's lovely home on 400 gorgeous acres near Manchester, Vermont. We did 3 tours: the home, separate Archives tour of the Lincoln artifacts; and the Pullman RR Car . The cost for tours over 2 days...More
The Hildene home is truly beautiful. It is a glimpse of a family of great wealth without the gilded fixtures. The family history is amazing and so many things that we didn't know about the Lincoln family were explained. The self guided tour was great...More
Hi! Hildene has dedicated a room in the home to Abraham Lincoln (in his role as President, not as Robert's father), and that is what I am referring to. Hildene was built in 1905, 40 years after the President's death... More
Hi! Hildene has dedicated a room in the home to Abraham Lincoln (in his role as President, not as Robert's father), and that is what I am referring to. Hildene was built in 1905, 40 years after the President's death. Although I respect your opinion that since there is only 1% focus on Abraham Lincoln, it's okay because it's so little. I, on the other hand, believe it takes away from the meaning and purpose of keeping the history of Robert's Vermont summer home authentic. It's kind of like having a little statue of Robert next to his dad at the Lincoln Memorial. The late President's Memorial in DC is there to show his importance to our history and where we can go to honor him; Robert should shine in his own right, and Hildene is uniquely his, as were his accomplishments (irrespective of his father). Whatever the percentage of focus is, Hildene is a unique local historic treasure, and definitely worth visiting! In the spring the grounds come alive with beautiful gardens awakening from the cold winter. The Goat and Dene Farms are very busy welcoming kids, piglets and calves. The fresh scent from the Celebration of the Peonies fills the summer breeze. These beauties are among the many blooming flowers and flourishing plants to walk around and sit by. In autumn the trees are alive with yellow, orange and red leaves! And the winter holiday season is festively evident when Hildene is decked out as it would have been in 1912. So definitely visit and enjoy all Hildene has to offer!
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You can walk as much as you like or ride part way. Once the tram drops you at the farm along a lower paved road (after the ride down some switchbacks on the mountain), you are on your own to walk around there to see the... More
You can walk as much as you like or ride part way. Once the tram drops you at the farm along a lower paved road (after the ride down some switchbacks on the mountain), you are on your own to walk around there to see the cows, alpacas, chickens, pigs, etc. It's a lovely departure from the rest of the estate. The tram picks you up at regular intervals, and you can ask the driver for particulars.
It's the same for the rest of the tour...ride, walk, or both. The Pullman train car is an easy short walk to the gift shop.
Hope you enjoy your trip as much as we did.