Hildene in Manchester Vermont: where Lincoln's grandchildren lived

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Peony blossom in Hildene Park, Manchester Vermont

Hildene Estate in Manchester Vermont

Our drive through Vermont brings us to the pretty town of Manchester, which is everything you would imagine a New England town to be: with a whitewashed church on the village green, well-kept mansions with lovingly tended front yards where gorgeous perennials and flower arrangements attract attention, and the typical nice New England decorations that embellish front doors, porches or garden gates. Here we would like to spend a whole day looking at the houses and gardens. We are, however, awaited at a mansion a little out of town: at Hildene Estate in Manchester Vermont where the descendants of the American President Abraham Lincoln once lived. Lincoln himself was never here. And whether he, who was born in a simple log cabin on a farm in Kentucky, would have understood that his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren lived in such magnificent surroundings, remains to be seen.




View of the Green Mountains on the other side of the valley © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
View of the Green Mountains on the other side of the valley from Hildene in Manchester Vermont


In any case, we are impressed by Hildene in Manchester Vermont with his mansion, which sits enthroned on a mountain ledge above the valley and offers wide views of the valley and the Green Mountains on the other side of the valley. It was the residence of Robert Todd Lincoln, the eldest son of Abraham Lincoln, who was the only one of Lincoln's children to survive into adulthood. He had come here at the age of 20 while visiting with his mother and younger brother.

Forty years later, as President of the Pullman Company, he bought the property in Manchester and built the present mansion on it in 1905. Two years later, the formal garden was created with its lush peonies, which attract numerous visitors from around the world each June when it is in bloom attract. Jesse Lincoln had this garden laid out as a birthday present for her mother. We are lucky to be here at just the right time of year to see the bloom in this garden.

Hildene in Manchester Vermont - great gardens


Hildene Mansion in Manchester Vermont © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Hildene Mansion in Manchester Vermont


The home itself contains many furniture and memorabilia by Robert Todd Lincoln and his parents. The house was inhabited until 1975 by descendants of Abraham Lincoln. Mary Lincoln Beckwith was the granddaughter of Robert Todd Lincoln and inherited the house in the year 1938. She lived in it until her death. Her brother Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, the last direct descendant of Abraham Lincoln, died 1985. This is the house until the second half of the 20. Century in the possession of the Lincoln family. Today it belongs to the association Friends of Hildene, who bought it 1978 and since then look after.

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Peonies in all colors in the park of Hildene © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Peonies of all colors in the park of Hildene in Manchester Vermont


What we like best is the view of the surrounding area from the park across the valley. Almost as if from an eagle's nest, we look down over the forest slopes and to the hills of the Green Mountains on the other side of the valley. I can understand what drew Robert Todd Lincoln here and what led him to build his family's ancestral home here. I think his father, President Abraham Lincoln, would have liked this too. Here you are far away from any big city and live in an area in the middle of the country. Maybe that was what impressed his son so much here? Who knows. In any case, he spent the rest of his life in Hildene.


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1005 Hildene Rd
Vermont 05254
Tel. 800 578-1788 802 362-1788


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Arrival to Hildene in Manchester Vermont

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Hildene in Manchester Vermont: where Lincoln's grandchildren lived

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn