Hildene resumes second phase of reopening on Thursday

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MANCHESTER — Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home in Manchester, planned to reopen to the public starting Thursday now that a suspected outbreak of COVID-19 has been ruled out by the Vermont Department of Health. The 412-acre estate is currently open Thursday - Monday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The barns at Hildene Goat Dairy and Dene Farm remain closed, but the farm animals may be observed from a distance of 6 feet from fencing and they are happy to see visitors, even from afar. The health and safety of Hildene's guests, volunteers, staff and farm animals are paramount. Guests must always wear face coverings and social distance when indoors. The 412-acre estate offers 12 miles of trails, historic buildings, exhibits, animals and abundant gardens. Like attractions nationwide this year, Hildene is honoring all state and federal safety protocols. A self-guided tour of Robert and Mary Lincoln's home provides informational legends in each room and the exhibit, "The American Ideal: Abraham Lincoln and The Second Inaugural," includes one of the few of President Lincoln's iconic stovepipe hats in existence today. Strolling through the formal garden in full bloom behind the house is a must. The meticulously restored 1903 wooden Pullman car, Sunbeam, is a short walk from the house and is the southernmost site on the Vermont African American Heritage Trail. Guests will be able to view the car and "Many Voices" exhibit from the station platform. For more information go to https://hildene.org/visiting/hours.

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