Hildene – The Lincoln Family Home

Very beautiful flowers

Very beautiful flowers

 

Garden flowers in Manchester, Vermont

Garden flowers in Manchester, Vermont

 

Our visit to The Lincoln Family Home called Hildene located in Manchester Vermont was both quite regal  and educational.

This was the summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln,  son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, who lived here between 1905 and 1926.  

 

He got his idea for the design of the  formal gardens from a patterns in a stained glass window.  There are outstanding views of the flanking mountains,  as in my photo pictured.

The home is a stately, 24-room Georgian Revial  mansion.  Its features include a sweeping staircase and a 1908 Aeolian organ with 1,000 pipes (we heard it playing during the tour).

Staircase at Hildene

Staircase at Hildene

 

View from top of Hildene staircase of illustrated children's book covers

View from top of Hildene staircase of illustrated children's book covers

 

A close-up of the staircase reveals white painted carved spindles of three alternating designs; the banisters and handrails wood is dark stained wood, maple.

There is a beautiful chandelier suspended from the ceiling  and adorning this sweeping  staircase.

 

Hildene’s Rooms:

Some of the 24 rooms  pictured have beautiful wallpaper and paintings.

 

Dinner will be served!

Dinner will be served!

 

 

Unique horn-shaped vases

Unique horn-shaped vases

 

Horn Shaped Vases.

Trees wallpaper at Hildene

Trees wallpaper at Hildene

 

The Organ and the Music.   Pictured on the shelf are long boxes conatining one song each.

What song is playing?

What song is playing?

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