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“A Private Greatness”

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Historic home of Robert Lincoln, only child of President and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood. The estate has beautiful gardens, restored 1903 wooden Pullman palace car, goat farm and cheesemaking facility, 12+ miles of walking trails, teaching greenhouse and cross-country skiing in winter.
Reviewed 24 September 2015

Robert Lincoln, son of Abe, lived his life in the shadow of his father, the Great Emancipator. At Hidden, Bob's gracious retirement estate, he lived out his final years swathed in the private greatness he could not aspire to in the public sphere. He shared his father's intelligence and many attributes, but not his expansive type A personality. He was a great success in his private life as a Chicago lawyer and head of Pullman, the largest industrial firm of the era, but had no aspirations to the Presidency. Holden, a British expression for "hills and valleys," reminded him of the British countryside he had enjoyed while minister to Great Britain in earlier years. It is beautifully preserved and conserved. Don;t miss his private observatory on a promontory overlooking his valley, and on the wonderful example of a private Pullman rail car built in his era as head of Pullman.

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Reviewed 21 September 2015

Fascinating look at the life a Robert Lincoln's life. Definitely worth the time. The Pullman car was most interesting.

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Reviewed 21 September 2015

Fascinating to learn of Robert Todd Lincoln and his family's time at this country home. We took the self guided tour which was fine.Well maintained. Interesting exhibit on Lincoln's 2nd inaugural address. Loved seeing the Pullman Coach and impressed with the story of its restoration. Incredible formal gardens and great view. Good gift shop, especially educational items for children.

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Reviewed 21 September 2015

This is the home of Abraham Lincoln's son Robert. On display is one of Abraham Lincoln's stove pipe hats. Also, on the grounds is a goat farm and a restored Pullman train car.

Thank Donna529
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Reviewed 16 September 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed 3 hours at Hildene and I didn't even visit the farm for cheese making! The grounds, especially the formal garden are beautiful. Come in the fall and the vistas will be spectacular. The docent was extremely informative in all aspects of Robert Lincoln's life.
A great gift shop with quality, unusual items for adults and children.

Thank 2015birdwoman
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