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.
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:
Pangaea Restaurant is the property’s exclusive caterer. Pangaea offers a variety of cuisine and service styles, including but not limited to the following:
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.
59 Reviews for Hildene
Recommended by 99% of couples
27 User photos
Mark Robertson · Married on 01/10/2020
Amazing Service...Even to visiting vendors!!!
Exceptional Hospitality!!!!Sent on 10/17/2019
While the grounds and view of the foliage in the mountains is absolutely spectacular, the real gem about Hildene Estate is the Top Notch hospitality that I experienced there.
As a wedding vendor, we know that the we are not the main focus of the day and have come to expect all of the attention, care and even smiles to be reserved for our newlyweds and their guests when working with wedding venues and day-of coordinators. This was not the case when I showed up at Hildene Estate. From the parking attendant who smiled and told me where I could load-in the band's equipment to having a warm green room for the band to relax in during break times, every single need that we had was met with grace and we are so happy to have had such an amazing experience.
While I can't remember everyone's name there that assisted us and this day so memorable for us, be on the lookout for Carmine, Nick, Julie, Parker and Bess....and if for some reason they're not around I am certain that you will be in the best of hands with whoever you will work with there!!!
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Matthew Shagam · Married on 12/10/2019
Absolutely Perfect Weekend
My wife and I were married the second weekend of October, and it was absolutely a perfect weekend. Aside from getting completely lucky on the weather, everything went not only as planned, but wound up being more beautiful and well done than we thought was going to happen. There wasn't a complaint or a suggestion from the 140+ guests as to Hildene - even the most jaded/wealthy were bowled over by the grounds, the house, and the reception. The tent was more beautiful than any "solid" venue I've been in, and the grounds were exactly what the day called for. Sheila and Carmine were very easy to work with, and a few "complications" with dates at the beginning of the process were ironed out quickly and with no fuss. We found them easy to work with, attentive, and on top of all of the details. They have an exclusive catering arrangement with a local restaurant, Pangaea, which had us a little concerned at first, but their cooking and service at the reception was quite frankly as perfect as one could hope for. There wasn't a detail missed! If you're looking for a Vermont semi-outdoors wedding, this is a top-tier, A+ choice.Sent on 10/28/2019
Maggie · Married on 10/05/2019
The most beautiful venue with the best team
I can't say enough nice things about the Hildene and their amazing team! Carmine and Sheila were so helpful to us throughout the wedding planning process - from answering questions on event insurance to helping us pick our food and drinks for the reception. They are experts at executing weddings and as a result our entire day went so smoothly. The home itself is beautiful and the gardens are impeccably kept - you couldn't ask for a better view for a ceremony/cocktail hour. All the vendors Carmine and Sheila recommended were professional and a joy to work with too. The Hildene is already a special spot for my husband's family since his cousin got married there and his grandparents celebrated their 50th anniversary there but Carmine/Sheila and their team made it even more special for us!Sent on 10/22/2019
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!
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.
Hildene..history, beautiful grounds, wonderful coordinators...a joy to work with!!