Hildene Lincoln Family Home Offers History, Beauty and Nature

Photograph of Hildene mansion on the former estate of Robert Todd Lincoln in Manchester, Vermont. Photo by Rolf Müller.

Photograph of Hildene mansion on the former estate of Robert Todd Lincoln in Manchester, Vermont. Photo by Rolf Müller.

Yes, it’s true. Vermont is known for its amazing winter recreation, and the cold season is when we attract a great portion of our visitors. There are, however, lots of great things to come to Vermont for in the summer.

First off, it’s gorgeous here. The mountains are green, the lakes are deep blue, the bike paths and hiking trails are shaded, and the views from them are spectacular. There is just about nowhere to go in Vermont in the summer that won’t take your breath away. That being said, here is one of my all-time favorite spots to visit when summer renews us here in Vermont.

Receiving 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor, Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, is a fantastic place for either a romantic getaway or family excursion. Replete with gardens on 412 lush acres, this former residence of RobertTodd Lincoln, the only surviving child of the nation’s 16th president, is an exciting slice of American history.

Tours include a walk through the home, a Georgian Revival mansion built in 1905; listening to the 1,000-pipe Aeolian organ; and a visit through the Hoyt Formal Garden. It is also possible to visit the 1903 Pullman Palace Car Sunbeam, a site on the Vermont African American Heritage Trail. The exhibit there included Many Voices, the story of the paradox of Pullman Porters and the rise of the black middle class which followed.

Hildene is located in Manchester and open every day all year long. For more information check out their web site.