News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Hildene in Manchester Village has been recognized as a “state resource” by the National Register of Historic Places since 1977, shortly after the restored home opened to the public. But now Hildene is getting more recognition. Hildene Executive Director Seth Bongartz says the Lincoln family home has met its “real goal” of being designated as “having national significance.”

Seth told The Rutland Herald, “We’re very happy. It certainly will help with grants. It’s another arrow in our quiver.”

Hildene is on the list for lots of reasons. It was built by Robert Todd, Abe’s son, and actually remained in the Lincoln family until 1975. Robert was Secretary of War, Minister to England, and President of the Pullman Railroad Co. It is also a prime example of a Georgian revival mansion and one of the few such mansions still intact. We’re just not local anymore.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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