2019 Vermont Tourism Network Guide

SOUTHERN VERMONT – 72 – AgriculturE The Gardens at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, Manchester Hildenewas built by presidential son, Robert Lincoln in 1905 as his ancestral home. The gardens here are an attraction in their own right. LateMay to mid-Junemore than 1,000 fragrant peony blossoms fill the formal garden. This phenomenon, known as the “Celebration of Peonies,”was named by the ABA in 2016 as a Top 100 Event. The garden is designed to resemble a stained glasswindow; the privet the lead, the flowers the glass. Colorful perennials replace peonies for the summer. Behind theWelcome Center, which is located in the original carriage barn, are vegetable, butterfly, cutting, kitchen, and observation gardens, and a soft fruit cage. A catered lunch and/or Garden PowerPoint Presentation andQandAwithHildene’s horticulturist are popular add-ons for groups. The Hildene experience also includes themansion, President Lincoln’s hat, exhibits, goat dairy, cheese-making facility, 1903 Pullman palace car,Welcome Center and TheMuseumStore. Group Policy and Rates: Groups of 20 or more. Guided tours by reservation only, based on availability. $15.00 per person, escort and driver complimentary. Behind the Scenes Archives Tour add $5.00 per person. Garden Powerpoint Presentation by Hildene Horticulturist add $5.00 per person. Catered lunches available by reservation. Allow 4 hours for your visit. Dates of Operation: Year-round, daily. Closed major holidays. Contact: Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, 1005 Hildene Road, P.O. Box 377, Manchester, VT 05254 802-362-1788 • Fax 802-362-1564 • info@hildene.org • www.hildene.org  AgriculturE Hildene Farm, Manchester While the farming at The Lincoln Family Home honors the family’s agricultural legacy, Hildene’s facilities have been renewed with 21st century intention when it comes to environment, using renewable energy and sustainable practices across its 412 acres. The goat dairy and cheese-making facility at Hildene Farm is solar powered and the cheese-making process, frommilking to aging, is viewable by the public. The artisanal cheeses produced are available for purchase in The Museum Store. The agricultural project in The Dene features a multi-use 150’ by 30’ teaching greenhouse, pollinator and Bobolink sanctuaries, observation deck, farm animals and a 600’ wetland floating boardwalk. Farming activities are an integral part of the complete Hildene guest experience which includes The Lincoln Family Home, Lincoln Exhibit, gardens, 1903 Pullman railcar, Sunbeam, Welcome Center, The Museum Store and miles of four season trails. Group Policy and Rates: Groups of 20 or more. Guided tours by reservation only, based on availability. $15.00 per person, escort and driver complimentary. Behind the Scenes Archives Tour add $5.00 per person. Garden Powerpoint Presentation by Hildene Horticulturist add $5.00 per person. Catered lunches available by reservation. Allow 4 hours for your visit. Dates of Operation: Year-round, daily. Closed major holidays. Reservations please. $15.00 per person, escort and driver complimentary. Allow 4 hours for your all-inclusive visit. Contact: Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, 1005 Hildene Road, P.O. Box 377, Manchester, VT 05254 802-362-1788 • Fax 802-362-1564 • info@hildene.org • www.hildene.org  Celebrationof thePeonies

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