Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
Drive Dates: Thursday and Friday, September 5 & 6, 2019
Total Drive Distance: 144 miles (round trip)
Estimated total tour duration: 7 hours
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home is the former summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln, the only child of President Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to maturity, and his wife Mary Harlan Lincoln and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Hildene name is derived from two old English words, “hil” meaning hill and “dene,” meaning valley with stream. Robert and wife Mary named their Manchester home based on their views of the Taconic Mountains to the west, Green Mountains to the east and the Battenkill flowing through the great valley of Vermont below, hill and valley with stream.
During our time at Hildene, guests will have the opportunity to visit the main home, the formal garden with more than 1,000 fragrant peony blossoms, the restored 1903 wooden Pullman palace car “Sunbeam”, and the Hildene Farm & Goat Dairy.
Our drive to Hildene in historic Manchester, VT will be along numerous scenic county roads that meander through quaint Vermont towns and villages.
Lunch will be hosted at the Kimpton Taconic Hotel two miles north of Hildene nestled within historic Manchester Village.
The tour officially ends after lunch. For those who wish to return to the Woodstock Inn together, the tour leaders will depart for the Inn shortly after lunch.
Other Local Sites and Interests:
Mount Equinox and the Skyline Drive
Drive to the 3,848 summit of Mount Equinox for breathtaking panoramic views of the Green, White, Adirondack, Berkshire and Taconic mountain ranges.
Orvis Flag Ship Store:
Since 1856, Orvis has offered their customers distinctive clothing, the world's finest fly-fishing rods and tackle, upland hunting gear and home goods. Founded in Manchester in 1856 by Charles F. Orvis, it is the oldest mail-order retailer in the United States.
Manchester Designer Outlets
Shop over 40 outlet stores including iconic brands such as J. Crew, New York & Co., Kate Spade, Coach, Armani and Polo Ralph Lauren.
The American Museum of Fly Fishing:
The museum is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of fly fishing. Established in 1968 in by a group of passionate and enthusiastic anglers who believed that the history of angling was an important part of American culture and tradition.
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