When you become a member of Hildene, you’ll join thousands of people who are helping to preserve more than historic bricks and mortar. You help us advance our mission: Values into Action. And you help safeguard Hildene for future generations.

Friends of Hildene, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization, owns and maintains this magnificent estate.


Fees and Benefits

• Unlimited year-round admission to Robert and Mary's home, the Pullman car Sunbeam, exhibits, grounds and farms; including more than 12 miles of walking and ski trails, the Hoyt Formal Garden, and Cutting and Kitchen Gardens;

• Early registration and reduced rates for Hildene’s Summer Camps for your children or grandchildren (Family Membership level and above);

• Free or reduced admission to select workshops and programs. Click Here for a listing;

• Our eNewsletter and periodic special mailings highlighting programs, projects, and volunteer activities;

• Reduced admission to many regional & national cultural sites;

• 10% off at The Museum Store at Hildene and on-line store;

• Free or reduced admission to American Horticulture Society gardens and arboreta (;

• Free or reduced admission to over 1100 North American Reciprocal Museums nationwide (;

• John Hay's New Hampshire home, The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, also offers reciprocal admission when you show your Hildene membership card.

• The satisfaction of being a part of the restoration and growth of one of America’s great estates.

2023, Additional FREE Member Activities

Thursdays: What’s Happening Here?
June 15 through August 10
Meet at 2:30 pm at the Welcome Center, program from 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Drop in to a different corner of Hildene’s 412 acres for an informal, up-close visit with the staff. Gain insights on a variety of topics, different each week, from flower and vegetable gardening, to livestock care and rotational grazing practices, to pollinator habitat and stewardship.

Fridays: Member Walking Group
June 2 through November 17
Meet at 9:00 am at the Welcome Center

Meet other Members and get your steps in on our 12 miles of walking trails. These brisk walks average 2 miles and are approximately 1 hour long.

Saturdays: Guided Nature Walks
June 3 through July 29
Meet at 9:45 am at the Welcome Center, program from 10:00 to 11:00 am

Join us on a different exploratory walk every week, focusing on in-the-field species identification of local flora and fauna and their ecological connections to our landscape.

Membership Levels

Individual $60.00
Membership benefits for 1 person + two member guest passes

Family $100.00
Membership for 2 adults & their children or grandchildren under 16 + four member guest passes

Sustaining $150.00
Membership for 2 adults & their children or grandchildren under 16 + six member guest passes + golf cart tour  

Contributing $250.00
Membership for 2 adults & their children or grandchildren under 16 + eight member guest passes + golf cart tour

Patron $500.00
Membership for 2 adults & their children or grandchildren under 16 + ten member guest passes + golf cart tour

Preservation Society $1000.00
Membership 2 adults & their children or grandchildren under 16 + twelve member guest passes  + golf cart tour

A Special Offer: Private Golf Cart Tour

For those joining at the Sustaining Level and above, we offer private golf cart tours of Hildene for you and up to three additional guests! We'll contact you to schedule your customized visit: choose to tour a particular area of interest, meet staff along the way, and get the insider's perspective from the comfort of your private golf cart.

“We jumped right into all the fun at Hildene, starting with a Sustaining Membership to get the golf cart tour! The customized golf cart tour gave a terrific, firsthand view of the vast farm programs and land use. The benefits of membership are plentiful. Year-round access, events and activities for adults and children, all supporting a thriving and exciting mission. There is something for everyone at Hildene!” — Janet C. member since 2021

A Hildene Membership entitles the named cardholders and minor children or grandchildren (aged 16 and younger) to general admission during our regular hours of operation.

Additional guests accompanying you (aged 17 and older) must present a single-use member guest pass or pay regular admission.

All memberships will expire on May 31st of the following year. All memberships purchased, or renewed, after December 1 are effective through May 31st of the following year.

Please contact the Membership Office with any questions: (802) 367-7964


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