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Wilderstein Historic Site

Rhinebeck, NY 12572
845-876-4818
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Ranked #4 of 10 attractions in Rhinebeck
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Wilderstein Historic Site, with its exquisite Queen Anne mansion and Calvert Vaux designed landscape, is widely regarded as one of the Hudson Valley’s... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Ship Bottom, New Jersey
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283 reviews 283 reviews
83 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
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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New York City, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

What a treat Wilderstein (pronounced Wilderstine) . Most of the first floor has been carefully and painstakingly restored so the tour is worth the few dollars they charge ($10 or $9 for seniors) but the real charm is the gorgeous views of the scenic Hudson River from several vantage points. A small book is sold in the gift shop that... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

If you are like me, you would mostly be interested in the Wilderstein home to learn more about 'Daisy' (Margaret), who was FDR's cousin and trusted confident. Unfortunately, because of an overly talkative person in our tour group, we actually learned little about her and more about the family history. The guide had some trouble controlling this individual, so it's... More

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Gardner, Massachusetts, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

IT was a great place to visit. The people working there were very nice and happily answered questions. The only issue that I had was there were only 4 rooms to see. A small kitchen (used by the help, the owner when she was a lone, dining room, library, music room. For the price I would like to have seen... More

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Laguna, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We toured a number of mansions along the Hudson River Valley and this was one of our favorites. It is charming and we can imagine living there. The view of the Hudson River is wonderful. Both the exterior and interior are beautiful. We caught the last tour of the day (3:30pm), so it was just us and two others. After... More

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Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, United States
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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

This is one of my favorite mansions along the Hudson, perhaps because I can actually imagine myself living here. I can imagine sitting on the bench overlooking the river with a cup of coffee and a good book. I can imagine a less pretentious life-style than would be possible in many of the other mansions that were built during the... More

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Philadephia
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39 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Saw Wilderstein today on our way to the Rhinebeck Aerodrome for their WWI show. The tour is conducted by a docent - $10.00 per person to view the house. The work done by the preservationists and restorationists is fantastic. There are digital picture frames depicting the work that has been done and you, the visitor, see the amazing results! I... More

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Morristown
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

This was our last stop on a NY State vacation - really enjoyed the home and surroundings. Had been to Rhinebeck before but my husband had not; wanted to be sure he got a view of the Hudson....check that off from this location! Due to a stroke of luck we had a personal tour just the two of us for... More

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Tolland, CT
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36 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

FDR's cousin and good friend, Daisy, lived at Wilderstein from birth to death in her 90's. The inside of the house is dark, but with beautiful Tiffany glass windows and a Hudson River overlook. Besides the house tour, you can walk wooded trails on the grounds. Be sure to watch the video of an interview with Daisy and her sister.

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New York State
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Let me begin by saying that I am a docent at this site. That said, it it truly a place that should not be missed. Fabulous architecture, incredible views of the Hudson River, spectacular interior by Joseph Burr Tiffany and great story of an interesting family and an amazing last resident, Daisy Suckley. I knew nothing about the house or... More

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