Southern VT historic farms, battlefields, museums, and gardens welcome visitors

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home - Manchester, VT
Hildene - The Lincoln Family Home

1005 Hildene Road Manchester, VT, 05254 Phone: 800-578-1788

This Georgian Revival mansion was built in 1905 in the scenic village of Manchester by Robert Lincoln, the only child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood. Robert Lincoln was chairman of the Pullman Company, the largest manufacturing corporation at the turn of the 20th century. Hildene was home to only Lincoln descendants until 1975. Visitors may take guided or self guided tours and see at 1,000-pipe aeolian pipe organ, a gift from Robert to his wife, the Hoyt Formal Garden. the Observatory, the 1903 Pullman car Sunbeam, and Hildene Farm. This is a site on the Vermont African American Heritage Trail and includes an exhibit, Many Voices, highlighting the Pullman porters and the subsequent rise of the black middle class.
Hours: Daily, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - Admission: Adults, $23; youth, $6; children under age 6, free
Historic Grafton Village

Routes 121 and 35 Grafton, VT Phone: 802-843-2255

This restored 19th century village offers visitors a detailed look at life in a bygone era. The site includes walking trails, museums, a cheese factory, agricultural exhibits, and even a cross-country ski center in the winter.
Bennington Battle Monument - Bennington, VT
Bennington Battle Monument

Monument Circle Bennington, VT, 05201 Phone: 802-447-0550

A 306 foot stone monument that pays homage to the Battle of Bennington. An elevator can take visitors to an observation point. Open daily from May 1 - October 31, 10am - 5pm.
Park-McCullough Historic Estate - North Bennington, VT - Photo Credit Edward Keating
Park-McCullough Historic Governor's Mansion

1 Park Street North Bennington, VT, 05257 Phone: 802-442-5441

Park-McCulloughis often described as one of Vermont's jewels. The 35-room house was completed in 1865 for Trenor and Laura Park. This summer home is a classic example of French Second Empire style. Visitors may arrange a tour of the grounds with the adjacent Mile-Around Woods and the Hiland Hall Farms Garden.
Dates & Hours: The Mansion is open Friday-Sunday from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend, 10am-2pm. The public is welcome to explore the grounds any time from dawn to dusk.