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A Vermont scenic drive to Hildene Vermont

This Vermont scenic drive will reveal the the historic home home of Robert Todd Lincoln. It’s hidden away near Manchester Vermont. He was the eldest son of President and Mary Todd Lincoln. He loved his Vermont home and kept this summer home to get away from the heat of the summer for the cooler Battenkill mountains.

sign for Todd Lincoln in Manchester Vermont

Commemorative sign for Hildene

Apparently, like many of you, he loved to visit during the summer into the grand autumn colors and then beat feet before the snow made an appearance.

Hildene in the autumn

Arriving at Hildene

As you can see in this image, our fall foliage trip to Vermont was not very sunny. Lisa will open a Vermont Gazetteer (the current 2015 version is combined with NH) and see what is in the area.

There is a tour of the home and you can wander the grounds and gardens. There is also an observatory there since Robert Lincoln held a passion for exploring the heavens.

Goat farm at Hildene in autumn fall colors

Goat farm at Hildene

The house is located on a 300-foot promontory which overlooks the Battenkill Valley. This means the much of the view in the fall is of the surrounding hills and in a few cases I saw low hanging clouds obscuring the top of the hills.

We then took the tour down to the goat farm where we got to see the new baby goats that were jumping all the place and they will tell you that the farm is there to make the property self-sufficient.

View of the Battenkill Valley in autumn

View of the Battenkill Valley

But in the end it comes down to the views. As we looked out of the Hoyt formal garden and over the Battenkill Valley we could see why Robert Lincoln enjoyed this property so much.

I hope you enjoyed this historical tour through the fall colors of Vermont and my brief look at Hildene. I don’t want to tell you everything about Hildene because I want you to visit it for yourself…

Best time to visit
Being closer to southern Vermont you will find really good fall colors between 10 to 15 October (later in some years) and you have the restriction of having to have the property being open, so times are between 9 to 4pm (check the website for current times). I had the benefit of the clouds being broken and allowing some sun splash over the hills to make it interesting. But we were there from 11:30AM – 3PM.

Planning your visit
Visit the Hildene website for current info. Below is a Map that you can download, print out and take with you. Here is the link in Google Maps. Here is a link to the Hildene-Home of Todd Lincoln so you can download and print it.

You can reach Hildene by traveling from Manchester center (a beautiful college town) and travel south on 7A.

Escape today

Questions? Let me know.

Jeff "Foliage" Folger  You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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Jeff Foliage

My name is Jeff Folger,
but people call me Jeff Foliage.
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I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild.
Feel free to visit me on my blogs and see what life in New England is like.

I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.
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