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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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One of the oldest Queen Anne's in the area

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Commack, New York
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Commack, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

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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291 reviews 291 reviews
48 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
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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63 attraction reviews
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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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38 reviews 38 reviews
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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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163 reviews 163 reviews
51 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
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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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