A look at Lincoln

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A look at Lincoln

Hildene tour shows family life through son’s eyes
Robert Todd Lincoln’s mansion Hildene in Manchester, Vt., features memorabilia, artwork and Lincoln family personal possessions, including this bust of his father, Abraham Lincoln.
The Georgian Revival home at Hildene anchors a 412-acre estate between two scenic mountain ranges in Vermont.
A 1,000-pipe organ greets visitors in the front entry of the Hildene.
Papers found in Robert Todd Lincoln’s bedroom safe validated his decision to have his mother institutionalized for mental illness.
If you go

Hildene: 1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, Vt.; www.hildene.org or (800) 578-1788, Open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily for self-guided tours except Thanksgiving, Dec. 24, Christmas and Easter. Adults, $16; youths, $5; children younger than 6, free. Guided tours are an additional $5, but reservations must be made in advance November-May.

Welcome in winter: Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are allowed on the grounds, weather permitting. The home is decorated as Christmas Eve 1912 with Victorian ornaments and holiday music playing from the pipe organ Dec. 1-Jan. 2.

Getting there: Manchester, Vt., is about 200 miles from New York City, 160 miles from Boston, 100 miles from Burlington, Vt., and 60 miles from Albany, N.Y.

A look at Lincoln

Robert Todd Lincoln’s mansion Hildene in Manchester, Vt., features memorabilia, artwork and Lincoln family personal possessions, including this bust of his father, Abraham Lincoln.
The Georgian Revival home at Hildene anchors a 412-acre estate between two scenic mountain ranges in Vermont.
A 1,000-pipe organ greets visitors in the front entry of the Hildene.
Papers found in Robert Todd Lincoln’s bedroom safe validated his decision to have his mother institutionalized for mental illness.
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