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Wilderstein Historic Site

Rhinebeck, NY 12572
+1 845-876-4818
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Wilderstein Historic Site, with its exquisite Queen Anne mansion and Calvert Vaux designed landscape, is widely regarded as one of the Hudson Valley’s most important examples of Victorian architecture. The estate was the home of Margaret (Daisy) Suckley, whose extraordinarily close relationship with Franklin Delano Roosevelt has been well-chronicled and is the subject of much interest. Wilderstein’s guided tour includes the elaborate 1888 interiors of the first floor of the mansion, the exterior architecture, landscape, annual exhibition, and video. The regular season for guided tours is May through October. In addition, the mansion is open and decorated for the holidays from Thanksgiving weekend until the end of December.There is also a network of hiking trails on the property, special events throughout the year, a gift shop, and spectacular Hudson River views.
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Rhinebeck, NY 12572
+1 845-876-4818
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

We were shown a short video before the tour started to familiarize ourselves with the history of the house and it's occupants. Our tour guide, Debbie, was very knowledgeable about the house and was able to answer everyone's questions. We tried to follow the trail...More

Thank Saluga
Reviewed 7 July 2017

I found the tour so interesting and knowledgeable . The house is Queen Anne architecture and the original formula of paint. The inside is so eclectic with each part of the walls being of different product. The stained glass is gorgeous. The stories of the...More

Thank travelagogo2016
Reviewed 16 June 2017

This is an excellent example of preservation. Wilderstein Preservation has been successful in preserving and displaying this marvelous old mansion in great part due to the family's maintaining almost everything from the past. The history is rich, the artifacts original, and the grounds and buildings...More

1  Thank mvpmich
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Wow- what It must have been like to live in this awesome place back in the day...What a gorgeous location and view with a stellar architectural masterpiece. I enjoyed walking around the grounds and imagining what life must have been like back in the day....More

Thank dwright438
Reviewed 22 May 2017

No matter why you go to Wilderstein, you will have a very interesting time. The grounds sweep down to the Hudson, offering spectacular views. The house (you need to book a tour) is filled with historic detail and lovely antiques. Highly recommended!

Thank Elisabeth K
Reviewed 24 January 2017

This place is A bit out of the way, but worth the visit. You buy tickets in the gift shop, then watch a short film about the history of the site. The house is beautiful, but the tour only covers the first floor (apparently for...More

1  Thank Wtrav77
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Highly recommend. Additional improvements coming. Still worth the trip. Make sure to call ahead to make sure there is a tour guide available. They are all volunteers.

1  Thank saleschampion
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

What a lovely and scenic site on the Hudson. They been cleaning! The results are wonderfully restored rooms and furnishings. Let your imagination of the good life soar while speculating on the relationship of Daisy Suckley and her cousin the president.

Thank brian m S
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Traveling siblings and we stopped here in October to "round out" our knowledge of FDR. The building and the interiors are amazing. We were there on a slow weekday with just one other couple leaving. We were still treated to a full tour and an...More

1  Thank James B
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Wilderstein Historic Site is a lovingly restored home - a must see at holiday time. The docents are all volunteers and do a great job; the house is beautifully decorated; Rhinebeck right nearby.

Thank ukulelecat2
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Linda M
15 April 2017|
Response from Mellie C | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure if it is open in April