Hildene was built by presidential son, Robert Lincoln in 1905 as his ancestral home.
The gardens here are an attraction in their own right. Late May to mid-June more 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 glass window; the privet the lead, the flowers the glass. Colorful perennials replace peonies for the summer.
Behind the Welcome 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 and Q and A with Hildene’s horticulturist are popular add-ons for groups.
The Hildene experience also includes the mansion, President Lincoln’s hat, exhibits, goat dairy, cheese-making facility, 1903 Pullman palace car, Welcome Center and The Museum Store.
Dates of Operation:
Year-round daily. Closed major holidays.
Celebration of the Peonies event: Late May to Mid-June. Contact us for details on this experience.
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.