Historic Homes in Bloom: Hildene

Hildene, photograph by William H. Johnson

Decades after Abraham Licoln’s assassination, his son, Robert Todd Lincoln, purchased Hildene, a picturesque Vermont estate to serve as a summer residence for his family. The house, which is featured in New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens by Kim Knox Beckius and William H. Johnson,  is a beautiful place, and of great interest to history buffs. It is home to one of just three of the president’s surviving stovetop hats, as well as a rare player pipe-organ which is today worth about $5 million.

The majestic Hildene is situated amongst lush gardens and gorgeous grounds, making an Arbor Day trek on May 4th a perfect opportunity for families to explore Hildene. The historical aspect of the property will appeal to parents, while kids can plant saplings throughout the grounds. At the end of the day, they can leave with a seedling of their own to plant at home.


940 Hildene Road
Manchester, VT 05254

To learn more about the property, pick up a copy of New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens at Hildene’s gift store or at one of these local bookshops:


Northshire Books, Manchester VT
Misty Valley Books, Chester VT
Bennington Bookshop, Bennington VT

After a long day on your feet, unwind by stopping by one of these great local restaurants:

Ye Olde Tavern is a quaint, colonial restaurant that is sure to keep you in the historic spirit throughout a delicious dinner, complete with vintage cocktails.
Bistro Henry is perfect if you’re looking for more upscale, contemporary fare, and the award-winning wine list is sure to impress.
Spiral Press Cafe, the cafe within Northshire Books, is great for unwinding with a coffee and a copy of New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens.

This post is part of a larger series celebrating the sites included in our latest title, New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens, by Kim Knox Beckius with photography by William H. Johnson. See the recent Victoria Mansion post and last week’s Blithwold Mansion post, and keep an eye out for fun spring getaway ideas throughout the month!

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