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Address: Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Phone Number: 845-876-4818
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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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Queen Anne with great view of the Hudson River

Wilderstein is a different style historic home on the Hudson River, an elaborate Queen Anne. To reach the house, it is a good drive from road, with the last half mile or so being... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2015
Chesterfield, MO
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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11 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

I don't know if the house tour was shortened because of the holidays, but paying $11 to look at a couple of rooms was not worth it. (Especially when the Mill Mansion was $8 and you practically had the run of the place.) I wasn't impressed with the decorations for Christmas. One room had a white forest in the middle... More 

New York City, New York
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117 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

We recently took a family stroll through the grounds, so not a tour of the mansion. It's hilly, and at a reasonable pace would afford a good workout. The views of the Hudson are, of course, beautiful.

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Upstate New York
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

While this may be a large mansion, for your $11/$10 for seniors you get to see the entrance lobby plus three more rooms on the ground floor. Again; it is a lovely house, and I understand that it costs a fortune to maintain and restore, but this seemed bad value compared to many of the other mansions in the Hudson... More 

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Holden, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

This is a lovely home with a fascinating history, especially its last resident, Daisy Suckley. We arrived just as a tour was starting so we joined the other couple and had an almost private tour. Only the first floor is open for the tour but it is sufficient to experience the architecture and lifestyle of the owners. After the tour... More 

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Chesterfield, MO
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290 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Wilderstein is a different style historic home on the Hudson River, an elaborate Queen Anne. To reach the house, it is a good drive from road, with the last half mile or so being gravel. The parking lot is in a grassy area and you walk on a dirt path to the house. It is a flat easy walk, but... More 

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Morristown, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We have been coming to the Hyde Park area of the Hudson Valley for at least twenty years and even though I knew of Daisy Suckley from visits to the Roosevelt Estate and Library I had some how missed Wilderstein. First and foremost, the purchase and restoration of the house is a wonderful tale all by itself. The house and... More 

1 Thank s1jag
Whitehall, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

If you are visiting Hyde Park and find yourself captivated by FDR's life and times, then you must visit this very carefully and beautifully refurbished home of the Stuckley family who were cousins to the Roosevelts. You will learn so much about the history of this home and much about Daisey who spent decades of her life as a companion... More 

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Hunter, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Tie this tour in with one to the Mills Mansion nearby. This house is smaller but the downstairs is renovated and full of details. The docent we had was hard of hearing but friendly and helpful. Lots of history. Lots to enjoy.

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Wingdale, New York
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We went there in Dec. of 2013 for what was to be our engagement. My fiancé took me there on the premise that we were going to see the house decorated for the holidays. It was beautiful. The decorations were beautiful. The staff however were intrusive. Every time we tried to have a conversation about the décor we were interrupted.... More 

1 Thank BridgetteandJohn
new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Another interesting and beautiful Hudson River estate, Wilderstein is full of history, as well as very interesting interior design and architecture. We especially enjoyed our guided tour, and viewing photography of the Suckley family. Although this estate is not as easy to get to as the Hyde Park establishments, it is well worth the journey.

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