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The Formal Gardens at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

Hildene’s “Celebration of the Peonies” Awarded 2016 ABA Top 100 Event

In 1905, Robert Lincoln, the eldest and only child of President Lincoln to survive to adulthood, built a stately home on a promontory overlooking the Battenkill Valley in Manchester. The site commands sweeping views of the valley and the Taconic and Green Mountain ranges.

Robert’s daughter, Jessie, designed formal gardens on the south lawn in 1907 as a gift to her mother, Mary Harlan Lincoln. They are an American version of the European parterre, with closely-cropped privet hedges laid out to resemble a stained glass window when seen from her mother’s second floor sitting room.

Using Jessie’s original plans and flower order, sections of the parterre were replanted with like-colors using turn-of-the-century plants of updated hybrids. The original peonies have survived for over 100 years and annually produce thousands of blossoms in June!

Hildene was honored with the Victorian Society of America’s 2003 Preservation Award for the restoration and maintenance of the gardens.

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:

Guided tours by reservation only, based on availability. $15.00 per person, escort and driver complimentary. Ample parking. Allow 4 hours for your all-inclusive visit.


Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, 1005 Hildene Rd, PO Box 377, Manchester, VT 05254 802-362-1788 l Fax 802-362-1564


ABA 100 peonies