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bdkarson wrote a review Aug 8
Palm Beach, Florida13 contributions3 helpful votes
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…
Date of experience: August 2020
Lisa M wrote a review 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…
Date of experience: July 2020
Response from Roam10988840564, Manager at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
Responded 2 days ago
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!
iamfussy wrote a review Jul 2020
8 contributions1 helpful vote
Gorgeous property with fascinating history and incredible gardens. Staff really knew their stuff. We learned much about President Lincoln's only surviving son and his family, who so loved Vermont. This is a Must See in the Manchester area.
Date of experience: July 2020
Lynda F wrote a review May 2020
Amherst, Massachusetts60 contributions23 helpful votes
Hildene is one of those remarkable hidden gems in New England. When we were there, the garden was in full bloom and we could see that it had been planted to mimic a stained glass window. How cool is that?
Date of experience: June 2019
Genesis4ever wrote a review May 2020
Buenos Aires, Argentina152 contributions69 helpful votes
Beautiful home of Lincoln´s son. Interesting visit but a bit expensive. Very nice gardens also. You have a walk to a Pullman wagon nearby (is worth the detour once you are here).
Date of experience: September 2019