Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

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Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
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Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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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 railcar, goat farm and cheesemaking facility, 12+ miles of walking trails, teaching greenhouse and cross-country skiing in winter.
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Sherri R
Gardner, KS158 contributions
Jun 2022
This beautiful home was built in 1905 by Abraham Lincoln's son. It's just so lovely. Has a formal garden that when in bloom looks like stained glass out the back windows. Situated on a hill with the best views. Has a little observatory of its own - nice telescope. Really enjoyed our time visiting here. They even have picnic items in the gift shop to make your own lunch on the grounds. They allowed people to enter about every 15 minutes just so there's not too much congestion. A wonderful home to visit. And they have a player organ - had never heard of such a thing! They would regularly play one of the rolls and you could hear it throughout the whole house.
Written June 24, 2022
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NYKP123
26 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This home is magical! I can't believe we did not make the day trip sooner! Hildene was only an hour's drive for us from the Albany area, but honestly I would have driven hours to see this beauty! The area is charming, and our entire experience was worth every penny of the very reasonable admission fee for a self guided tour. The entire day, from the lovely gift shop to the fantastic docents in the house, was wonderful! My favorite thing about the house was the 1908 pipe organ that played every 15 minutes! It's something you really have to experience! It was also cool to see Lincoln's top hat & mirror from the White House dressing room. My only regret was that we missed the Pullman car, which I hear is a must see (but we will be back)! I wish we had allowed more time. We ended up spending a lot of time in the gardens because they were so spectacular. The views were breathtaking! Don't miss out on seeing Hildene. One of my new favorite places!
Written May 31, 2022
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wardgarner
Castro Valley, CA565 contributions
May 2022
This was a great place to visit. However, to get the most out of your visit, the tour is the way to go. There is an added fee for the tour, but it is completely worth it. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and was happy to answer questions. If you walk through the home on your own, there is signage describing the rooms, but the real information about the family...you will learn that on a tour. Tours must be reserved 48 hours ahead of time, although when we visited the tour was not sold out, so we were able to join at the last minute.
Written May 24, 2022
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Lorraine N
2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
Staff not friendly. Unwelcoming. Felt like they didn't want to be there. I would say not worth the $26. Some of the rooms were closed and you couldn't access them. Also the house was dirty, there wss used tissues on the floor in some of the rooms. Same for the bathroom, not clean. The self tour took around 30 minutes because it was pretty limited. It was pretty uncomfortable with the tour guides there just talking amongst themselves about their personal business in the quiet house. All in all, I'd say not worth the visit but I guess if you're in the area and have nothing to do, why not? But definitely check out other museums because this one isn't worth it.
Written March 18, 2022
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445sandym
Brattleboro, VT164 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We were at Hildene when the peonies were in full bloom. Any peony enthusiasts out there should NOT miss this. Set high in the Green Mountains, Hildene's gardens have a spectacular backdrop adding drama the orderly gardens on display. The house is lovely and open for self guided touring. One room has Lincoln memorabilia for history buffs. Overall, a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
Written February 9, 2022
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KLF95
Arlington, MA72 contributions
Jul 2021
The house and grounds are lovely, and the staff were engaging and knowledgeable. Between the house, the grounds, the farm, and the Pullman car, one could spend many hours at Hildene. They accept NARM membership, though I felt like I got a bit of a cold response for using it from the person at the ticket counter. (We easily spent more than the cost of admission in the shop, so we were still supporting them.)

Perhaps it is a bit unfair to take off a star, but we were a little uncomfortable with the lack of discussion of how the family got so rich. There was a little, mostly in the Pullman Car bit. It was perhaps more on our minds having just visited another museum that had done an excellent job at presenting history from multiple perspectives. We did love learning about the more recent years of the Todd Lincoln house and family.
Written January 2, 2022
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jholahan
Poconos, Pennsylvania48 contributions
Dec 2021
A must visit. We'll be back in June to visit the gardens. The house tour will bring you to your studies in school when we first learned of this history. The guides are knowledgeable and engaging.
Written December 8, 2021
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njgramps
NJ310 contributions
Oct 2021
We were happy to learn the mansion was open when we were in the area. The self guided tour is aided by friendly and helpful staff. Make sure you hear the player organ - it's unique. WE like seeing the Pullman car but couldnt' go inside due to covid restrictions. The views or the surrounding area are stunning
Written October 30, 2021
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grace d
6 contributions
Oct 2021
We had a great time visiting Hildene estate .The place is really nice and well maintain. Love the house and the view around. The reason I gave only 4 stars is the fact that the Pullman Car Sunbeam was only partial open due to Covid. I am sure they could make it work by limiting the number of people and ask them to use masks.
Written October 27, 2021
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Voyager577686
5 contributions
Oct 2021
We enjoyed the history behind this Lincoln family home. Beautiful gardens and a fun visit out to the goat farm.
Written October 23, 2021
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