Hildene Asks: Our Home for the Holidays?
On Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8, the Museum Store at Hildene hosts its annual open house, Our Home for the Holidays? Neighbors and new friends alike are welcomed to the warmth of the Lincoln family’s one hundred 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 p.m., will include live holiday music by the Emerald Valley Recorder Ensemble.
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 amount 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.
Guest passes are available for purchase to Lincoln’s home decorated for the holidays, Hildene Farm and the Pullman car, Sunbeam. During regular hours, 9:30 to 4:30 p.m., staff and interpreters are on hand to answer questions about the estate and its famous residents.
Admission fee is not required for visitors to the Welcome Center and the Museum Store.Admission to Hildene is $16 for adults and $5 for youth 6 to 14. Members, volunteers and youth under 6 are free. For more information visit hildene.org, call 802-362-1788 or email [email protected]