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Hildene

Manchester, Vermont View map Visit website
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
Rating 4.9 out of 5
74 reviews
$8k - $12k For 100 Guests
Up to 220 guests

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2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$8k - $12k For 100 Guests
Up to 220 guests

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

Cuisine

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

History

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.

Location

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$8,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Event Planning
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$40

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

220

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

1

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

5

Describe your venue:

Garden
Historic Building
Mansion
Museum

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Preferred Vendors Only

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Outside Alcohol
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Chairs
Dance Floor
Lighting
Tables
Tents
Tent Accessories

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

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    The Perfect Wedding Venue

    My wife and I first visited Hildene in the summer of 2020 and immediately fell in love. It's a stunning venue — our friends and family have not stopped talking about how perfect and special it was. More importantly, the lovely Carmine and Sheila are terrific stewards of the property and the entire wedding experience. From day one, they were knowledgable and helpful with the big picture (vendor suggestions, timeline, etc.) and all of the details. If you're looking for a memorable, special, idyllic wedding location — you've found it.
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    Panpan C. Married on 09/25/2021
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    The best decision you will make

    We don't even know where to start! We found the Hildene after our original venue shut down in 2019, and then our Hildene wedding for May of 2020 was postponed to September 2021. Carmine and Sheila handled the postponement with grace, ease, and complete flexibility. They were communicative and instantly helped us schedule a new date. Throughout the 2.5 years that we were in contact with them for this long awaited wedding, they could not have been more responsive and helpful. Sheila has done over 400 weddings and there was nothing that she had never seen before or couldn't handle. From the planning process to the day of, everything ran like a well oiled machine. Now, as for the physical beauty of the venue itself - it's simply indescribable. The ceremony takes place in the back of the formal gardens overlooking the mountains, the cocktail hour on the back patio of the stately mansion, and the reception in a beautiful 3-peaked tent, with an alleyway of apple trees just outside the tent. Our guests were commenting that this was the most beautiful wedding they had ever been to. The estate feels private, special, and grandeur of the setting is second to none. Booking the Hildene will be the single best decision you've ever made for your wedding.

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Graham & Katherine
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Professional Network & Endorsements

6 Endorsements
Out of the Ordinary Photography Out of the Ordinary Photography Wedding Photographers

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!

The Love Revival Orchestra The Love Revival Orchestra Wedding Bands

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.

Annie Alexander-Kramer The Parsonne-The Vermont Wedding Officiant Annie Alexander-Kramer The Parsonne-The Vermont Wedding Officiant Wedding Officiants

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

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1005 Hildene Rd Manchester, Vermont, 05254
8023671144
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