AAA Editor Notes
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, 1.5 mi. s. on SR 7A to 1005 Hildene Rd., is a 24-room Georgian Revival mansion built in 1905 as a summer home for Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's only child to live to maturity.
Robert Lincoln, who became president and chairman of the Pullman Co., was so impressed by the beauty of the Manchester area when he visited with his mother and brother Tad in 1863 that he returned years later to build this 412-acre estate. Lincoln descendants lived in the house until 1975.
Visitors can watch a brief video orientation in the welcome center, take a guided or self-guiding tour of the home, hear an original Aeolian 1,000-pipe organ and stroll through the formal gardens. Displays include personal Lincoln artifacts and a restored 1903 wooden Pullman Palace car. Cheese-making can be viewed at Hildene Farm. Interpretative walking trails wind through woods and meadows, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are available in winter.
Tours for the visually impaired are available by appointment.
Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.