Hildene is a 24-room Georgian revival
mansion built by Robert Todd Lincoln, the eldest son of Abraham
Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. In 1902, the Lincolns purchased
several hundred acres of land in Manchester, Vermont, where they
built the country mansion for use as a summer home. The estate
included gardens, lawns, and woodlands. When staying at Hildene,
Robert especially enjoyed golf and amateur astronomy. In 1911 Robert
sold his home in Chicago and bought a three-story colonial brick
mansion in Washington, D.C. From this time on it was Robert's custom
to go to Hildene in the spring and return to Washington in the
fall. The Lincolns made the trip back and forth in their private
Pullman car. Hildene remained in the Lincoln family until 1975.
Hildene – Authentic Mansion and Gardens in Vermont
The authentic revival mansion has been preserved intact with original
furnishings and personal family possessions. The guided tour includes
the first and second floors of the mansion and concludes in the
magnificent formal gardens. The gardens have been restored to their
original beauty with many of the original plantings remaining.
Hildene Guided Tours, Vermont
Guided tours of Hildene take place from Mid-May through October.
Cross-country skiing commences in mid-December. Candlelight tours
are a highlight of the Christmas season at Hildene and are conducted
annually on December 27, 28, and 29.
Looking for comfortable nearby hotel near Hildene, Vermont? Visit the Red Roof Inn, centrally located
on Route 7 in eclectic and historic Rutland, Vermont. You will
enjoy enhanced amenities and features, scenic grounds, and Vermont-style
hospitality just minutes from Killington Mountain, Vermont state
parks, the Appalachian Long Trail and nine of the state’s
classic covered bridges. The hotel offers several
including weekend ski adventures and romantic getaway packages.