This historic home and gardens of Hildene, built by Robert Lincoln, son of President Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, opens it doors to fascinating insights into history all year long.
But now is the time to see its wonderful peony gardens in bloom, during the Celebration of Peonies, through about mid-June.
Located in Manchester, Vermont, Hildene is the creation of Robert Lincoln, the only son of the president to live to adulthood. He built the Georgian Revival mansion in 1905. On your visit, you can exhibits of his time as chairman of the Pullman Company, the largest manufacturing corporation at the turn of the 20th century.
See and enjoy a 1,000-pipe aeolian organ, which is played daily, many gardens and the 1903 Pullman car Sunbeam.
Hildene also is a site on the Vermont African American Heritage Trail and includes an exhibit, Many Voices, highlighting the Pullman porters and the rise of the black middle class. Open daily, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.