There are thousands of visitors to the Lincoln Home, grounds of Hildene and walking trails daily. The staff at Hildene can accommodate guided tours that are scheduled, groups tours and school tours, and self-guided tours. Visits to Hildene take 3-4 hours for most visitors. Guided tours have seasonal hours and have an additional cost, more information can be found on the Hildene website.
There are 12 miles of walking trails at Hildene. House visits begin in the Welcome Center with a video presentation. Visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour of the Lincoln home, stroll the Hoyt Garden and listen to a live 1,000-pipe organ, visit the observatory, Kitchen Garden, and Hildene Farm. There is no food allowed on the farm, although picnic lunches are available everywhere else on the grounds.
Tours for the visually impaired can be scheduled by appointment.
The American Ideal: Abraham Lincoln and the Second Inaugural Address- In this exhibit Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address is taken apart according to its thirteen clauses and arranged in a circular pattern. There is a discussion that accompanies each of the clauses along with artifacts that pertain to the President such as a stovepipe hat that was once worn by President Lincoln.
1903 Pullman Palace Car Sunbeam- Set up on the African American Heritage Trail, this exhibit called “Many Voices” highlights the time of the Pullman Porters and the rise of the black middle class in New England. Photo: Hildene
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