Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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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  • Carol A S
    Grafton, Massachusetts27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Piece of History
    This is a beautiful place to visit. The house is set on a hill located between two mountains. Beautiful views and beautiful gardens. The staff is well informed and was very helpful. We were able to walk around and take our time. There were many baby goats at the farm. The Pullman car is beautifully restored and it's a great look into the past.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 22, 2023
  • kathymcassola
    Warwick, Rhode Island8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not just Abraham's son
    A gem. Robert Lincoln's estate. Lovely but also livable -- i.e. not like the Newport 'cottages.' Also a tour of a Pullman Car. And beautiful gardens. Lots of walking available.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Bernadette R
    Hudson, New York20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss this
    The volunteer staff here was extremely helpful and informative. We were so impressed with the cleanliness of the grounds, the restrooms, the home and the farm. The whole family enjoyed the farm and cheese making facility. All the staff were friendly and ready to answer questions. The transportation of kids and elderly people was so important and the tram? ( large golf cart that fits 6) made touring so easy. I highly recommend this tour. The gardens were in full bloom and the kids got to run free though them. I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. I thought it would be a modest home but it is grand in its setting. I wish the weather was better for walking the grounds but even the rain couldn’t dampen our visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Gary G
    Denver, Colorado139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit of Lincoln history in Vermont
    Really unexpected house and grounds to visit. A real gem in Vermont. Tod Lincoln found a great place live. The house is immense and very well kept up. The back garden and the views of the valley impress. In addition there is a Pullman exhibit and goat farm. Do not miss this!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Tina S
    South Fallsburg, New York405 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our family trip to Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
    Let’s start by saying the staff are amazing. Hildene is a self guided tour and go at your own pace. It’s is so beautiful and so much history to learn. You can take pictures inside but are asked to touch nothing. There are guides on the inside to answer questions you may have. Cost was $23.00 to get in but they do have military discounts. This is a good must see. The view is amazing of the valley below. If/When I come back to Vermont I would go and see this place again. They also produce their own goat cheese. They do have goats on the goat farm. So much to see here. At At At
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 8, 2023
  • Lynn R
    108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome experience
    Patricia was one who f the friendliest ladies we met on our Vermont vacation. She went out of her way to make sure we had a great visit. We really enjoyed the tour of the house. The guide at the house was very knowledgeable about the history of the whole Lincoln family. There is a huge telescope that used to rotate in the side yard. The Pullman car was very extravagant. It even had Tiffany glass. This was an awesome experience.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 12, 2023
  • Lee L
    Valhalla, New York2,143 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Robert Todd Lincoln's House
    I visited Hildene the summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln, on a beautiful fall day. Didn't see much traffic on my way up but was surprised when I pulled into the parking lot that it was packed to the gills. It is a very large property. You can walk from the ticket counter up to the house. The person there will give you a short 10-15 minute overview before taking you inside. Once inside you can walk thru the house at your own pace. Many of the items in the house are original since it remained in the hands of one of his daughters. They do have 1 room that has items pertaining to President Lincoln. In addition to the house I would probably walk thru the gardens, Robert's astronomical observatory and the rail car, Robert was chief attorney and president of the Pullman company. You can go down and check out the farm area which is still a working farm. It is interesting but doesn't really deal with the Lincoln's but farm operations. You can walk, it is quite a hike, or take the shuttle.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 28, 2023
  • Yuliuc
    Queens, New York15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great small trip when you can’t go skiing because is raining
    The house is pretty cool to see! It has so much. History my 9 yr old daughter enjoyed the scavenger hunt inside the house! The tour guide inside the house was very friendly and informative. Thank you
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 28, 2023
  • RYC88
    Centreville, Virginia1,284 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting historic home and good information on the Lincoln family
    The house is lovely and there is a lot of information about Robert Todd Lincoln and the Lincoln descendants. It was very educational and we particularly enjoyed hearing the organ playing in the foyer. The grounds are lovely and the walk to the Pullman car is easy and pretty. We had no idea RTL was so successful with the Pullman company and to have the fancy train car for viewing was really neat to see. The goat dairy is fun to see, especially as we were there when the baby goats were starting to be born.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 20, 2024
  • Michele O
    Moscow, Pennsylvania99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trip!
    We had the most beautiful day to be at Hildene. The weather was spectacular. We loved touring the house and learning more about the Lincoln family and history, in general. The Pullman car was interesting to see and we loved the gorgeous gardens. All the staff was friendly and shared a lot of information. The grounds were clean and well maintained. We spent about 4 hours there. We did a lot of walking but there are trams also. Worth the trip.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 3, 2024
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Lisa M
41 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
There's a lot of walking involved in touring this estate. It's a mile drive in and then a mile walk from the check in to the house. And it's uphill on a gravel path with no railing and absolutely no place to sit outside after all that walking. The Pullman car and the goats are two miles from the house. I don't see how a handicapped person could visit.

The interior is pretty but much of the furniture is teproduction. The tour guides tell you it's original but it's not. Most of the rooms are not shown to the public. The admission price is $23.00 for an adult. The entire tour of the interior home and gardens took less than 40 minutes.

There is no restaurant or eatery on site. The gift shop is lovely but very expensive. The only snacks sold being stale popcorn.

Lincoln's top hat is not on site. It has been loaned out to museums.

Tour guides not knowledgeable so Google before you go.

The best thing about Hildene is it's view of the Taconic mountains.
Written July 31, 2020
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We are glad you enjoyed the scenic overlook, it is certainly why Robert Lincoln and his family chose such an extensive piece of property to construct their summer residence. Both the Home and Pullman Car Sunbeam are centrally located, and approximately 150-200 yards from The Welcome Center and parking area respectively. Beyond our three central exhibits, we find the property-wide walking trails and the additional exhibits via trail access, are a highlight for many Hildene guests. Every effort has been made to ensure that guests with disabilities are able to access our exhibits; all paths between venues are ADA accessible. Scenic benches have been temporarily removed as part of Hildene's COVID-19 operations plan. The same plan has required us to suspend guest transportation services, all to maintain the health and safety of both guests and employees. A full description of access can be found on our website Accessibility Guide to help guests better plan their visit (find the link on the hours and admissions page). More than 2/3rds of the home is open to the public, and 95% when guests add on our Archives Tour (not available during the current pandemic as safe distancing is not possible in our archives rooms). The home and its furnishings and artwork, is as it was when the Lincoln family was in residence with the exception of a handful of props. The last Lincoln descendant to reside in the home was on site until 1975, and so generational updates are found in areas. On the 2nd floor, "The American Ideal" exhibit features Abraham Lincoln's bible and stovepipe top hat. While the top hat was once on loan to another site (we believe in sharing one of our nation's most iconic artifacts!) it is currently on display in the home and has been for several years. We apologize if that interpretation was not as clear as it could have been during your visit. The hat is indeed a highlight for many! We are proud of The Museum Store's offerings, including Hildene Farm cheeses, and numerous specialty food products from local, and regional food producers. From Lake Champlain Chocolates, to Castleton Crackers, Vermont Smoke & Cure meats, to pickled veggies, nut butters, sweet treats and plenty of beverages, we hope to satiate hungry guests. Of course, we also stand behind all of the products we sell, and make full refunds or exchanges, if guests are not satisfied with freshness or quality. We appreciate hearing from our guests, and are always grateful for their reviews, whether positive, negative or impartial. Guest opinions inform us as to areas we might strive to improve. Thank you!
Written August 10, 2020
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NYKP123
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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NHWanderlust
NH1,790 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We loved our visit to Hildene. It was a beautiful day to visit this stunning mansion set up on a hill overlooking the Green Mountains of Vermont. Our docent was very helpful, taking his time to explain both the outside features as well as each of the rooms inside. We explored the gardens on our own and really enjoyed it.
Written August 19, 2020
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Jane P
Region of Waterloo, Canada488 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Beautiful home in a beautiful setting. The docents were friendly & knowledgeable. Formal gardens on one side of the house. Lovely furnishings. There is a Pullman car on site next to a ramp where you can peek into the windows (no access inside Pullman car). Agree that this property would be difficult / impossible for a person in a wheelchair. However, the reviewer who said the toilet was a mile up a hill was exaggerating; it is a short path to the toilets. The paths to house, toilets and pullman car are gradual and can be done by a person with some walking limitations.
Written May 29, 2021
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KLF95
Arlington, MA72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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bdkarson
Palm Beach, FL14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
The Hilton property was beautiful and well preserved. The docents were very helpful and had a wealth of information. With Covid, they could not have tour groups, but they were happy to answer all questions and give general summaries and backgrounds of what was there.
The only downside is that there is no senior rate and the entrance fee is a little pricey. However, seeing the way that they pay such attention to detail, and the effects of Covid shutting things down, it is worth supporting.
Written August 8, 2020
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Bill V.
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This was a well-spent 2.5 hour activity, learning the history behind the property as well as Robert Todd Lincoln. We had a very informative guide who filled us in on a lot of the historical background. The artfifacts in the house were well marked with descriptions. The Abraham Lincoln historical room on the 2nd floor was a bonus. We also enjoyed seeing the Pullman car that had been restored.
Written March 1, 2020
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Sherri R
Gardner, KS156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Carol Ann J
Germantown, NY2,726 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Hildene is a lovely estate. One may visit for an hour or spend the entire day touring the home and grounds. After purchasing tickets at the visitor center, one may watch a short film or grab a map of the property and start exploring. After being greeted outside the home and given a short overview, one is free to take a self-tour of the first and second floor. The magical sound of a pipe organ may be heard throughout the home. Most of the furniture is original to the family and the beautiful wallpaper in the dining room is original to the home. There are several buildings on the property and even an original Pullman car to tour. One may also walk trails through wooded and meadow areas, one leading to the Hildene Farm at the goat dairy. I especially loved the formal gardens just outside the back door of the home.
Written May 9, 2023
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Rita B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We visited Hildene, a beautifully restored home of Robert Lincoln, on a cold February day with our 6 year old grandson. We did not sign up for the guided tour, however, the docent explained some background information to us and answered our questions. It was just enough for a six year old. Lincoln's hat and the old fashioned phone were highlights. The organ playing was a nice touch.
Written February 22, 2020
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