Museum hosts its annual open house
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Hildene and its gardens.
Hildene and its gardens.
MANCHESTER- On Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, The Museum Store at Hildene hosts its annual open house. Neighbors and new friends alike are welcomed to the warmth of the Lincoln family’s 100-year-old restored carriage barn dressed in all its holiday finery. The aroma of hot apple cider and fresh cider doughnuts wafts through the air as musical sounds of the season and Vermont specialty food tastings set the mood for a unique holiday shopping experience. The festive atmosphere on Sunday, from 1 to 2 pm, will include live holiday music by the Emerald Valley Recorder Ensemble. Admission fee is not required for visitors to the welcome center and the museum store.

The store is filled to the brim with items inspired by Lincoln family history, the estate’s natural environment, gardens, life at Hildene Farm, and Vermont products. An expanded student-focused section features fascinating new choices for children with activity-oriented books, games, and project kits on diverse topics from bees and bugs to environmental science, recycling, and sustainability. For that unique “one size fits all” present, a Hildene membership that provides year round access to the Lincoln family’s estate is also available for purchase.

Sunday, December 8, will also be the last day for “guesstimating” the number of Lincoln pennies in the big jar. The winner will be the person whose guess comes closest to the total number of pennies in two categories, children and adults 16 and older.

If shoppers wish to extend their Hildene experience with a visit to the Lincolns’ home decorated for the holidays, Hildene Farm, and the Pullman car, Sunbeam, guest passes are available for purchase. During regular hours, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, staff and interpreters are on hand to answer questions about the estate and its famous residents. Admission is $16 for adults and $5 for youth 6 to 14. Members, volunteers, and youth under 6 are free.

For more information visit, call (802) 362-1788 or email

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