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Address: Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Phone Number: 845-876-4818
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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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Interesting to visit, but sad about how dark it was inside

The foundation that own this house needs more attention to get more money. First time I have ever visited a historic house where it was largely dark inside and the docent used a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Alexandria, VA
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Alexandria, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The foundation that own this house needs more attention to get more money. First time I have ever visited a historic house where it was largely dark inside and the docent used a flashlight to show us things. Floor fans would have helped too. wilderstein was the home of the Stuckley family. Daisy Stuckley was a distant cousin of Eleanor... More 

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East Fishkill, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A unique house. Snapshot of a Hudson River family. The Roosevelt connection makes it interesting, but the house itself is a study in transitions. The view from the porch is one of the most beautiful in the Hudson Valley. The river in all its lazy majesty.

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Tour guide was not that great. The home is nice, and was inhabited by the woman portrayed by Laura Linney in "Hyde Park on the Hudson" - so that was cool. But the tour guide wasn't super engaging and it was all a bit disorganized. In case it's helpful for others planning visits to historic homes in the Hudson Valley,... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We recently attended a private party at Wilderstein Historic Site. We had a complete tour of the Mansion and walked the grounds. The party was lovely with catered food provided by the someone the Mansion uses. The night finished off with lovely night views of the Hudson River!

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Commack, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Beautiful views, house is being updated yearly after much decline. It was said there was an Edison pre electric light to the lady of the house. Scattered about the house are colorful glass thing a ma-bobs that once conducted electricity over a long distance. Story is Edison made a type of wood turbine,put it in the hudson at the end... More 

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Upstate NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Quite unique place. This isn't a house museum like you'd think. It is basically a tour of someone's house with all their stuff...as if they left to go out for an afternoon! The house is beautifully restored, however, some furnishings are in the process or are in need of being restored. Interesting to see things in original state. The trails... More 

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Salisbury, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I visited Wilderstein and was very impressed. The house's first floor has been restored so far. They restore as they get money. It is located on the Hudson River with incredible views. The history and details were well presented by our guide. Well worth the trip.

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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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Additional Information about Wilderstein Historic Site

Address: Address: Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Phone Number: 845-876-4818
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Rhinebeck
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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