Hildene Goat Dairy is one of two agricultural sites that are part of Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home in Manchester, Vermont. Robert Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary built Hildene in 1905 on 412 acres of woods and farmland. The mountain retreat was home to three generations of Lincolns for the next 70 years. Hildene’s agricultural programming is inspired by the family’s passion for farming. Research indicates that generations of Lincolns including Robert and his granddaughter Peggy, raised cows and chickens to produce eggs, milk and butter used on the estate and shared with friends.
Hildene Goat Dairy connects the family’s legacy to the sustainable practices necessary for the 21st century and is a critical resource for the environmental education that takes place on the property. The barn is designed specifically to house Hildene’s herd of Nubian goats and for public viewing of cheese production from milking to pasteurization, aging and packaging. From May to November the goats are milked twice daily with the milk mostly going to cheesemaking but also to producing Hildene’s own line of soaps, salves and lip balm. In the winter, cow milk is brought in from a local dairy to continue making cheese. Different cheeses are made with different kinds of milk and thus some of our products are available on a seasonal basis.
Hildene cheeses are available in The Museum Store at Hildene, open daily 9:30 to 4:30.
These cheeses are also available through the wholesale purveyor, Provisions International, Ltd.