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“Excellent Way To Spend A Day”

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Manchester
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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.
Glenwood, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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“Excellent Way To Spend A Day”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

This house built by Abraham Lincoln's son is lovely. The grounds are magnificent -- we snowshoed from the house to the farm to the Pullman car. We were very impressed with the latter -- even on a snowy day there was a docent there to answer questions & give us interesting facts, (the owner of Hildene was an executive with the Pullman Company).

Visited February 2014
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Woodstown, New Jersey
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“Great place for Snowshoeing.....”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

Let alone the historical aspect. They have many trails of various difficulties for cross country skiing and snowshoeing - great way to spend some time in the outdoors

Visited February 2014
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Randolph, Vermont
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“All tthis and perfect snow, too!”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

My wife loves museums, I like to ski. So, what could make for a more perfect day than skiing from historic site to site on beautifully maintained trails? We just kicked off our skis and left them by the mansion's front door. Inside we found a docent waiting, and anxious to show off the magnificently restored organ. After a stop at the barn where India, the goat, entertained us with her braying, then onto the Pullman car in the woods. We were impressed at the docent's unvarnished account of Robert Todd Lincoln's lackluster record as a proponent of civil rights. Honesty, on top of perfection.

Visited February 2014
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Scotia, New York
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“Hildene a treasure...”
Reviewed February 5, 2014

The Lincoln Family Home
His father was born in a log cabin and called from the humblest rank in life to preside over our nation during the most momentous period of its history. One generation later, Robert Todd Lincoln, the only child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood, became Chairman of the Pullman Company, the largest manufacturing corporation at the turn of the 20th century. He visited the area as a young man with his mother and fell in love with this quintessential Vermont village. Robert Lincoln built his Georgian Revival mansion in 1905 . It became home to only Lincoln descendants until 1975, longer than any other Lincoln residence. It is the Great American Story. He and his wife, Mary, had one daughter who never married, so the Lincoln name did not continued after his death.
Staffed by volunteers, Hildene welcomes thousands of guests daily to the Lincoln home, grounds and walking trails. A new ramp funded in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts is located at the east end of the main house providing easier accessibility to the first floor for physically challenged guests.
Your visit includes a brief video presentation in the Welcome Center, a self-guided tour of Robert and Mary Lincoln's home, listening to the 1,000-pipe Aeolian organ and access to the Hoyt Formal Garden. You'll also want to visit the Cutting and Kitchen Gardens, the Astronomical Observatory, Hildene Farm, and the exhibits. There is now a 1903 Pullman Palace Car Sunbeam Open to the Public

Visited May 2013
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HildeneLaine, Deputy Director/Creative Director at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
While we are grateful for all the wonderful reviews we receive, it is understandable that some of the details of each person's experience on property may be not be recounted accurately. After all, there's a lot to remember! We want to remind you to visit our website if you want to verify the historic accuracy of specific facts before your visit.
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New York City, New York
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“Incredibly Timely Review of History”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

This was the home of Abraham Lincolns only child to survive into adulthood, Robert Todd Lincoln. As you enter this magnificent huge mansion you see an outline in stones in front of the house that shows the size of the house Abraham Lincoln lived in. So in one generation (of course many years ago) a person could make huge growth and changes.
The home and lands (many acres) are fascinating. Also included was a fully renovated Pullman train car, which was how the wealthy traveled in those days. Yet Pullman was not considered the high end of train travel in that time. Robert Todd Lincoln was the President of The Pullman train company. That followed a stint as the Secretary of War of the US.
The most fascinating part of my wife and my visit were two photographs. One showed Abraham Lincoln with some of the other American leaders of the day. To the left of him were the liberal ones and to the right were the conservative ones. Close by was a map of the states and their #'s of slaves. Amazingly if you look at the last two US Presidential elections, very little has changed. The states that had many slaves are still essentially red, conservative states and the ones that had smaller #'s are still essentially blue, more moderate or liberal states. It appears at least to me, that our country which on some levels has changed enormously racially and otherwise, still has enormous strains, that our Civil War hasn't altered much in almost 150 years.
What's also so impressive about Hildene is its an active, alive member of the Manchester, Vermont community. It's used in a multitude of activities to engage and strengthen the community.
Manchester we found to be a beautiful yet still quaint town. Even their outlet stores there are built in that manner.

Visited September 2013
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