MANCHESTER - From Dec. 5 through Jan. 1 it's Christmas Eve 1912 at Hildene: The Lincoln Family Home.

The mansion has been decorated for the holiday season. The lights, sights, sounds and scents of the season abound at this historic place, Robert Lincoln's ancestral home and home to three generations of President Lincoln's descendants for 70 years. An admission fee is not required for visitors to the Welcome Center and The Museum Store.

Visitors can tour the home with staff and docents on hand to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. On weekends local musicians bring the organ or Mary Harlan's Steinway to life with their talents. Guided tours at 1 p.m. are offered with prior reservation.

Guests can also visit the Rowland Agricultural Center at Hildene Farm or board the Pullman palace car, Sunbeam. Admission is $16 for adults and $5 for children six- to 14-years-old. Admission is free for members, volunteers and children under six-years-old.

Hildene will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25.

For more information on the holidays at Hildene, including musicians, visit www.hildene.org/ calendar.html.


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