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Hildene, built by Abraham Lincoln’s only son to survive to adulthood, is a museum and wedding venue located in Manchester, Vermont. This historic, 24-room mansion sits on 500 acres and is home to the oldest residential pipe organ in the country. Hildene also features the Hoyt formal garden, carriage barn, Rowland Agricultural Center, 12 miles of walking trails, Cutting and Kitchen gardens, rolling meadows, and an observatory. With space to accommodate groups of up to 200 guests, Hildene offers the unique opportunity to hold your wedding ceremony and reception alongside a legacy of rich American history.

Facilities and Capacity

Hildene offers three indoor and outdoor event spaces. The 8,000-square-foot Georgian Revival mansion was completed in 1905 and features 24 bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Hildene’s restored formal gardens and terrace overlook the nearby mountains and valley below. The property’s largest space, the Event Tent, seats 200 guests and features a prep kitchen and restroom facilities.

Services Offered

Event planning, rentals, use of the bridal suite, and bar services are all provided in-house. Hildene’s Wedding Director, Carmine Cole, will be on hand to oversee every detail of your special day. Parking is available on site, and the venue is wheelchair accessible. Your rental includes an altar or arch, dance floor, lighting, tables, tent accessories, and a tent. Lily of the Valley is the venue’s exclusive florist. Barware, china, glassware, flatware, and linens are available on site. Hildene holds a liquor license and offers the following bar services:

  • Bartenders
  • Champagne toast
  • House beer
  • House liquor
  • House wine
  • Open bar
  • Premium liquor
  • Specialty drinks
  • Specialty wine


Pangaea Restaurant is the property’s exclusive caterer. Pangaea offers a variety of cuisine and service styles, including but not limited to the following:

  • Buffet
  • Cake
  • Cocktail reception
  • Dessert
  • Family style
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Plated
  • Servers
  • Stations
  • Tastings


Robert Todd Lincoln, the only surviving son of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, purchased the land for a summer home in 1902. He had first visited Manchester with his mother as a young child. Many years later, when he was President of the largest manufacturing company in the U.S., The Pullman Company, Robert returned to Manchester. The Georgian revival mansion was completed in 1905. The mansion, land, and 13 accompanying buildings were occupied by the Lincoln family until 1975. In 1978, the nonprofit organization Friends of Hildene raised the money to save the mansion and land from developers and began to carefully restore the estate.


Hildene is located in Manchester, a small town in southern Vermont. Manchester is home to multiple restaurants and hotels as well as year-round outdoor activities. The nearest major airports are located in Boston, New York, Burlington, and Hartford.

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Lauren C. Married on 08/28/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful experience with Hildene!

The views and appearance alone sold us on on this venue, but the easy to work with staff and attention to detail left us with no regrets! All of our guests are still talking about how beautiful the venue was and how nice and accommodating all the staff were. We did not have a wedding planner, and we did not need one at all thanks to Carmine, Sheila and Theresa. They were all so helpful throughout the entire planning process and helped me with any questions or troubleshooting along the way. We couldn't be happier we chose Hildene due to the killer Vermont views, excellent service, professionalism and kindness throughout the entire process! We had the best wedding we could have imagined, can't recommend Hildene enough!
Carolyn M. Married on 06/17/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A venue that leaves your guests speechless with an event team that CANNOT be beat

The natural beauty of this venue was enough to leave me and my guests speechless. The Hildene somehow manages to seamlessly mix the quaint, unassuming beauty of Vermont with a Hollywood worthy, Great Gatsby garden party moment… really do not do the venue justice.

Even with such an incredible venue, what makes the Hildene a MUST for your wedding or event is the A-team behind the venue. I did not have a wedding planner, but Carmine, Sheila, and the rest of the Hildene event team made me feel like I sure did. Prior to the wedding, they helped me lay out every detail of the reception, coordinate with my vendors, and brainstorm ideas to surprise and delight my guests. Their partnership with other local vendors (Pangaea Catering, Lily of the Valley, and many more) truly pay off in the final execution.

I continue to receive messages from family and friends saying this is the best wedding, beginning to end that they have ever been to: best food, best view, best weather, etc.

My husband and I are so grateful for this unforgettable day, and cannot wait to come back and celebrate a future event with them!

0D7901A505C8F26Efe53F119A28870087D40187E Married on 06/11/2022
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Best wedding venue, hands down!

Choosing Hildene as our wedding venue was an easy decision. The natural beauty of the property paired with the top notch team at Hildene is truly the perfect combination. Carmine and his team were extremely helpful throughout the process and could not have made our lives easier. We opted to not hire a wedding planner and I am so thankful we trusted Carmine and his team for the day of execution. Every single one of our guests commented on how well run our wedding was, and we could not have been happier with how smooth the entire day went. We cannot recommend this BEAUTIFUL venue and wonderful team of folks at Hildene more!!

Thank you Carmine, Sheila, Julie and the entire Hildene team for making our wedding the best day of our lives! We love you!
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One of my favorite locations to photograph. It is so beautiful inside and out. The Victorian vintage royal feel mixed with nature at it's finest! Out of the Ordinary Photography can't wait to capture another wedding at this venue. Even if you don't have an event there, take a tour, it's lovely!

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I have nothing but the most positive things to say about Hildene - our band, the Love Revival Orchestra played four weddings there in the past year (2016) and all have been tremendous and memorable events. The breathtaking Vermont scenery is the most beautiful we've every seen and the staff and crew is professional, friendly and amazing.

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Hildene..history, beautiful grounds, wonderful coordinators...a joy to work with!!

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