Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, is under an hour from the 1896 House Inn and a great place to visit if you are looking for things to do outside of Williamstown while staying at the 1896 House. The World Famous Vermont Country Store and the Manchester Designer Outlets are local to Hildene as well as antique shops and art galleries, including the Manchester Hot Glass Works which has some absolutely beautiful glass works (perfect for Christmas Gifts)

From December 1 through January 2 the house will be decorated and staged as though it were Christmas Eve, 1912, one of the years Robert, Mary and family spent the holidays at their Vermont retreat. From the candlelit windows, winterberries and greenery that greet guests at the port cochere to the center hall yuletide floral arrangement, bursts of evergreen fastened with burgundy satin ribbon and a Christmas tree replete with Victorian ornaments, a sense that the family is preparing for Christmas morning has been created. Greeting cards, stockings hung on the mantle, wrapped parcels and even the menu for Christmas dinner portend of wonderful things to come on Christmas day. During regular hours, 9:30 to 4:30, interpreters and staff are on hand to answer questions about Hildene’s history and its famous residents.

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 built his Georgian Revival mansion in 1905 in the scenic village of Manchester. It became home to only Lincoln descendants until 1975, longer than any other Lincoln residence. It is the Great American Story.

You should allow approximately 3 to 4 hours for your visit.

House Visits
Your visit includes a brief video in the Welcome Center, a self-guided tour of the Lincoln 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 observatory, Hildene Farm, and the exhibits. Guided Tours are offered at noon each summer day, by appointment at other times and on occasion when docents are available.

Hours and Rates
Open Daily 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Begin at the Welcome Center
Tickets: $16/Adults - $5/Youth - Children under 6 & Members/Free
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas (December 24, 25) and Easter
Please Note: ONLY service dogs are allowed on property.
Mid-December to Mid-March
Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing Weather Permitting
9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Information courtest of the Hildene Website

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