December 2, 2019 -- Hildene
Hildene -- Hildene, near Manchester, Vermont was the Summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln and the only child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood. He became president of the Pullman Company, the world’s largest manufacturing corporation at the turn of the 20th century.
Hildene, is formed from two old English words, “hil” meaning hill and “dene,” meaning valley with stream. Robert and wife Mary named their Manchester home based on their views of the Taconic Mountains to the west, Green Mountains to the east and the Battenkill flowing through the great valley of Vermont below, hill and valley with stream.
While this 8,000 Sq Ft home is very impressive and over 90% of the furnishings are original, it’s all very practical and does not resemble much of the ostentatious style that was prevalent in many other historic places of the same time period.
Robert Todd Lincoln also served as Secretary of War (1881-1885) under both Presidents Garfield and Chester A. Arthur, and later served as Minister to the Court of Saint James’s (U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom) from 1889 to 1893 under President Benjamin Harrison and then returned to private practice as a lawyer. He was named President of the Pullman Company in 1897 and became chairman of the board in 1911 until he stepped down in 1922, but remained on the board for four more years until his death at Hildene in 1926.