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Address: Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Phone Number: 845-876-4818
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Thu - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Description: Wilderstein Historic Site, with its exquisite Queen Anne mansion and...
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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Beautiful house for Christmas

Wilderstein should be on everyone's list for the holiday season to see the decorated mansions. The house needs a lot of work and the donations will help with that. The house is so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2014
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New Jersey
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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Wilderstein should be on everyone's list for the holiday season to see the decorated mansions. The house needs a lot of work and the donations will help with that. The house is so steeped in history and in beauty but don't expect some long tour. Only part of the house is open and the parts that are open need some... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Enjoyed a perfectly lovely & informative docent led tour by Donna, one of the many volunteers that keeps this very special piece of American social history alive. Tours are confined to the first floor but there is much to see in this Victorian gem, of special note was the hand-tooled leather wallpaper in the foyer and the small but impressive... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Just the views from the grounds high on the hill and the sight of this elaborately painted polychrome Victorian mansion exterior that has now been completely restored was worth the trip out of Rhinebeck to see where Daisy Suckley lived. This was the Roosevelt cousin who gave Franklin Delano Roosevelt his dog Fala and the person who was his personal... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We took the tour and I'm very glad we did. I learned about a more private side of FDR. The house is gorgeous. I hope the money will be available for more renovations. The grounds are breathtaking.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

If we could line anywhere, it would be here in Rhinebeck. We loved the town and it's historic area is simply fantastic. Great shops and eateries here. Highly recommended.

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I went to Wilderstein for a wedding on this past Friday. It was absolutely gorgeous. Everyone was so nice and it was amazing.

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Syracuse
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I enjoyed my visit to Wilderstein. It's a nice Queen-Anne style house, but nothing stands out as particularly special about the place. The entryway is dark, with lots of lovely dark carved hardwoods. The tour only covers the first floor. For anyone interested in the 'scandal' aspect of Daisie, who is rumored to be one of FDR's mistresses, or tour... More 

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Hudson River Valley, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I had been looking forward to touring Wilderstein for some time, but because I give tours at another Hudson Valley historic site, I am usually working during all of their open hours. My enthusiasm for visiting then made the low quality tour I received even more disappointing. I was at least 100% more excited to take the tour than the... More 

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Westchester. County, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

As always this was so amazing and beyond! The story is so interesting. Just a continuation of Hyde park and the FDR family. If you like history it is just up your alley! Beautifully restored. The guides did an excellent job explaining and answered most questions. Worth the admission price!

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Ship Bottom, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is a beautiful restored home [you can only however tour through just 5 rooms [the upstairs is off limits]. Amazing views from the porch and lawn of the Hudson River and Catskills Mountains beyond. Interesting learning about one of FDR's mistresses.

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