Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

The history of Hildene is the Great American Story. From humble beginnings, Abraham Lincoln was called upon to preside over our nation. One generation later, his son, Robert Todd Lincoln became chairman of the Pullman Palace Car Company and built his Georgian Revival mansion in Manchester. Students can tour the 24-room home, listen to the 
Aeolian Pipe Organ, and walk through the colorful Hoyt Formal Garden. They can watch cheesemaking at the farm and see the 1903 Pullman Car Sunbeam. There are 15 miles of trail, a floating boardwalk, and Battenkill to explore. Hildene offers standards based programs for grades K-12. Students will explore concepts that help cultivate observation and inquiry skills, a sense of wonder, appreciation of the past, and care for planet earth. Programs include Mighty Monarchs, The Buzz on Honeybees, the new Bee Friends: Know Your Pollinators, Splendid Spiders, Wild & Wary: Vermont’s Turkeys, Pond Discovery, Streams: Life Beneath the Flow, Wetlands are Working Lands, Vernal Pools: Unique Amphibian Nurseries, Under and Over the Snow, Goats, Gouda & Gastric Microbes, Pullman Porters: Unsung Heroes; Former Slaves, Labor Organizers, Middle Class Citizens & Civil Rights Activists, The Hollow School, Historic Crafts, A Vermont Story: The Equinox Guards & Civil War Camp Life, and Window To The Past.
Contact Info
Address: 1005 Hildene Rd., Manchester, VT 05254. Bennington County. Tel: 800-578-1788. Email: info@hildene.org. Website: www.hildene.org. Hrs: Daily, 9:30AM-4:30PM. 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 4 hours. Cost: Fee.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies, Science.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Historic Site Lesson Plan

While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, such as Philadelphia’s Independence Hall or Washington D.C.’s National Mall, consider reasons for preserving them. They are historically significant and can be visited, toured, and admired. Students learn about the historical relevance of specific historical sites and the importance of preserving these sites.... Continue