THURSDAY, JUNE 9th - FRIDAY, JUNE 10th, 2022
Day 1: Fueled by the rushing Ottauquechee River, the turbine-powered glassblowing studio at Simon Pearce Glass in Quechee is the place to watch artisans create functional works of art, and is the first stop on our tour. Then it’s on to Woodstock for lunch on our own before visiting one of Vermont’s finest outdoor history museums, Billings Farm & Museum. Extensive displays are exhibited in 19th century barns and use artifacts, oral histories, and photographs to depict the seasonal round of activities that shaped the lives and culture of rural Vermonters. We’ll then make our way to Manchester, VT where we’ll spend one night at the Hampton Inn and Suites.
Day 2: Following a hot breakfast, we’ll visit the Hildene, the ancestral home of Robert Todd Lincoln. From 1905 to 1975, the 412 acre estate was home to three generations of President Lincoln’s descendants. We will begin with a tour of Robert and Mary’s home where the focus is on bringing their story to life. The 24 room Georgian Revival mansion was built in 1905. The house tour traditionally concludes in the family’s formal garden. An American version of the European parterre, it is the site of the annual “Celebration of Peonies” from late May through mid-June with its 20 varieties of peonies with more than 1000 blooms.
We’ll have a delicious catered lunch (included) to keep us fueled for our afternoon. Visit Robert’s observatory, the 12 miles of walking trails on the grounds, the goat dairy and cheese-making facility. No visit is complete without a stop at the Sunbeam and the Many Voices exhibits, which provide an interesting timeline narrative of the Pullman porters’ story along with the rare opportunity to stroll the exterior of the restored 1888, 72’ Pullman Car. We’ll depart for home by mid-afternoon with a brief stop at the Vermont Country Store.
Price includes round trip motorcoach transportation, admission to Billings Museum, one night hotel and breakfast, admission to the Hildene, lunch and driver gratuity. The price is $249.00 per person double occupancy; $219.00 per person triple occupancy; $209.00 per person quad occupancy; and $329.00 single occupancy. A $50.00 per person deposit is due at registration and the final payment is due by April 20th. We’ll depart from Derby at 8:00 a.m., Barton at 8:15 a.m., and St. Johnsbury at 8:30 a.m.