“ Pullman cars actually brought tourists into Manchester Depot for decades . That ’ s why it ’ s so incredible to have a Pullman car in Manchester today in its original restored condition . Back in the latter half of the 19th century , Manchester Village ’ s economy completely revolved around the ‘ Summer Colony .’ The expression ‘ Manchester and the Mountains ’ was actually coined right around 1900 , when Robert Todd Lincoln first returned to Manchester to visit Edward Isham . Manchester developed a reputation amongst East Coast elites as an ideal summer destination . Most of the well-to-do tourists that flocked to Manchester for the summer arrived by train , and they all came up in Pullman Cars .”
The Return of the Pullman Car to Manchester and the “ Many Voices ” Exhibit
Over 150 years after Robert Todd Lincoln first set foot on Green Mountain soil , the impeccably maintained 412-acre Hildene estate still stands today as a breathtaking material testament to the legacy of the Lincoln family . In 2011 , the 1903 Pullman Car , Sunbeam , was brought to Hildene after years of fundraising , tireless searching , and fiercely determined planning on behalf of the Friends of Hildene nonprofit organization .
After the Friends of Hildene discovered the Pullman Car in 2007 , the railcar was gloriously restored over a period of several years by master restorationist Bob Willetts and his team of dedicated craftspeople at the Lancaster and Chester Railway Co . in Lancaster , South Carolina . After the restoration was complete , the railcar was driven from South Carolina to Vermont on a specialized flatbed truck . It was paraded through town with great celebration and fanfare and found its new permanent home at the Hildene estate to the extreme delight of tourists and residents alike .