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“thank goodness it is run by the state of Vermont”

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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, teaching greenhouse and cross-country skiing in winter.
East Rockaway, New York
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“thank goodness it is run by the state of Vermont”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

The property is very well maintained and staff are very informative! We visited during the government shut down and we were concerned that it would be closed. Thank goodness it was not it really is a treasure!

Visited October 2013
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carlisle
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A nice day out”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

The house is beautifully restored, with lovely grounds. The Pullman coach in the grounds has been beautifully restored. There is no coffee shop on site so it would be worth taking a bottle of water with you.

Visited October 2013
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Buffalo, New York
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great way to spend the afternoon”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

My husband and I visited Hildene in mid-October and were pleasantly surprised by the experience. The docents were extremely helpful and the grounds well maintained. The view is spectacular. The day was so nice that we walked to the Hildene farm and then took the shuttle back to the main house.

Visited October 2013
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Connecticut
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83 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Take your time, spend an afternoon to explore!”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

My husband and I visited this historic home of the Lincoln Family. The short film at the Welcome Center is worth the time to view, then we set off for the home. We toured the beautiful gardens out back, shaped to look like a stained glass window when in full bloom. Inside the home, there were rooms depicting the way the residents lived, including servants quarters. There is also a 1,000 pipe organ that is playing when you enter the home, amazing! Also on the grounds is the Pullman Car, Robert Todd Lincoln being the Chairman of the Pullman Company. There is also a barn with goats, and an observatory, the highest spot on the property. It has amazing views! The home is maintained by the community of Manchester. Although it is a self-guided tour, you can hop on one of the red open air buses that go by to return to the Welcome Center. We are glad to have spent the afternoon, and do recommend going if you are in Manchester!

Visited October 2013
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156 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Beautiful piece of history”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

Very nicely maintained historical home of Robert Todd Lincoln and his children. Sort of off the beaten path but worth the trip. Manicured grounds and gardens with magnificent views of the mountains. Outstanding and helpful staff -- could pretty much answer ANY question put to them! Really liked the restored Pullman train car.

Visited October 2013
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