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“A step back in time....absolutely wonderful!”

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.
Reviewed September 11, 2009

We visited Hildene while on vacation at nearby Stratton Mountain and I'm so very glad we did. The house and the land it is on is absolutely stunning. Pretty much everything inside of the house looked original and it really felt like you were living back when Robert Todd Lincoln was alive. It's a self guided tour so you are free to roam around the grounds and house. There was a person who worked for Hildene there to answer any questions you may have. It was $12.50 for the house and grounds but only $5.00 if you only wanted to tour the grounds. There was also an Abraham Lincoln exhibit in one wing of the house that was very nice and included Lincoln's hat that he used to wear. If I ever go back to Manchester in the future I definitely want to go back here!!

2  Thank banjo60
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Reviewed September 6, 2009

I was looking forward to visiting Hildene with my boyfriend during a trip to southern Vt. The first problem was finding it - slightly different addresses are listed on the website and in brochures, and somehow our GPS routed us down the back road there, which was a half mile of downhill, unpaved and rugged road that probably killed our sedan's suspension. Unfortunately the main driveway that we took back up was not much better.

We went to the visitor's center to purchase grounds passes because we mainly wanted to spend the afternoon walking around. I asked the cashier if there was a grounds map, and she had no clue. Then another worker chimed in and gave us bad directions to the farm trail and said it was well-marked and we didn't need a map. A third worker finally gave us a map, which was the worst trail map I have ever seen in my life and made us even more confused.

We were trying to walk on the farm trail, which we could barely find the start of, and ended up having to walk it in reverse when we managed to stumble upon the trail's exit. There were signs that marked the trail in reverse so we thought this plan would work, but the trail dumped us into a barely mowed meadow where we picked up the trail in the wrong spot and missed all the farm animals. We then turned around and walked in the right direction and spotted the animals, only to find some goats and two llamas. I thought the farm portion would be a bit more substantial, and was one of the reasons why I visited in the first place. Also, the trail was primarily gravel to the point of being almost rocky, so it wasn't great on your feet.

I'm sure the house is lovely inside and I thought the grounds around the main house were beautiful, but if you care about your small car's suspension or are looking for walking trails or farm animals, go elsewhere.

3  Thank Nyllie
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Reviewed October 22, 2007

This historic home is one of the most picturesque places I've been to. When you see it, you'll know why the people of Manchester dedicate themselves to preserving and maintaining it for generations to come.

3  Thank PlanesTrainsAutos4
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Reviewed October 6, 2007

We just returned home from a stay in Manchester and were so happy that we took the time to visit Hildene. Truly enjoyed the beauty of the home as well as the spectacular beauty of the outdoors as viewed from Hildene's windows! Our leisurely tour of the gardens and grounds further impressed us with the majesty of the mountain views.

2  Thank SammyNj
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Reviewed September 3, 2007

If you love history, if you love scenic Vermont, and if you love architecture and grand gardens, this is a place not to miss! The Hildene Estate was Robert Todd Lincoln's (son of Abe & Mary) summer home in the lush Green Mountains of southern Vermont. Situated atop 412 beautiful acres with views galore of the valley surrounding Manchester, VT (where Orvis Co., Bromley & Stratton Ski Resorts call home), this historic estate will not disappoint anyone! The tour of the home is very interesting architecturally and has original furniture (some from Tiffany), tools & assessories from the turn of the century. The Lincoln family stories are interesting too! The original carriage barn has been renovated to house the museum store and management offices. Here there is a pristine antique train that winds it's way along a custom built track near the ceiling. Plans to renovate an original Pullman Train Car ridden in by various US presidents is underway. The finished car will be featured in a new building being built from timbers from the property after they are cut, drawn to the site by Hildene oxen, kiln-dried and custom built to specs. A solar-powered cheese making operation and maple syrup production area is also planned. Great for all ages, all times of the year! Kids' education programs are growing in popularity; take a hay ride with the kids and pet the farm animals; listen to the VT Symphony on the lawn overlooking the mountains--endless beauty & wonder. Plan to have your wedding here! And say hi to Carrie Howe when you arrive---the museum store manager with a smile and enthusiam that will brighten your whole visit to Vermont! [--]

3  Thank Carol M
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