Robert Todd Lincoln's Hildene
Robert Todd Lincoln, the only child of Abraham Lincoln to
survive to adulthood, built Hildene. He was the president
of the Pullman Car Company, which made passenger train cars,
so it's fitting that this monstrosity of a house was simply
a summer home.
The guides tell stories chock full of eccentric tidbits.
Though he was filthy rich, he pinched pennies until they screamed.
When told of his father's assassination, he ran through the
White House collecting odd bits of his father's personal effects.
He also bought his wife a monstrosity of an organ whose pipes
run the whole way up the entrance way stairwell. Of course,
there are reasons and examples for all of these, but you have
to take the tour to find out more.
Not so far off the beaten path, but not so much on the path
to destroy the breathtaking views of Vermont's Green Mountains.