VT: A Bit of History in Southern Vermont

Posted by
Carol Ann Musser
Hildene Estate

rachaelray.com site visitor, Carol Ann Musser, sent us this lovely story about her trip to Vermont:

Like so much of New England, Vermont has numerous historical sites worth visiting. One place in particular combines beautiful scenery, architecture, and gardens: the Hildene Estate in the Green Mountains of southern Vermont. Situated on 412 acres overlooking a valley, the estate was once President Lincoln’s son Robert’s summer home. Nearby are the city of Manchester and the Bromley and Stratton ski resorts.

The home has many interesting architectural features, not to mention original furniture – some of it from Tiffany – as well tools and other items from the turn of the century. During a tour of the home you’ll hear many interesting stories about the Lincoln family. The original carriage barn has been renovated to house the museum store and management offices, and inside is a pristine antique train that winds its way along a custom-built track near the ceiling. There are also plans to renovate an original Pullman car in which various U.S. presidents rode; it will be housed in a new building to be constructed from timber harvested from the property, brought to the site by oxen and kiln-dried. Also planned are a cheese-making operation and a maple syrup production facility, both to be solar-powered.

There are things for kids to enjoy, such as a hay ride on which they can pet farm animals. And if you’re lucky, you may be there when the Vermont Symphony plays on the lawn, with the mountains as a backdrop. Needless to say, the beauty of both the estate and the surrounding scenery make it an ideal spot for a wedding. When you’re there, say hello to Carrie Howe, the museum store manager. Her enthusiasm for Hildene Estate is infectious, and will no doubt prompt you to prolong your visit for as long as you can.