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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
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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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Interesting House with History

Short tour in Margaret "Daisy" Shuckley's house. An interesting look at an old house with a history. A kind, knowledgeable tour guide took her time to show us everything... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Kelly M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Short tour in Margaret "Daisy" Shuckley's house. An interesting look at an old house with a history. A kind, knowledgeable tour guide took her time to show us everything important.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wilderstein is a beautiful example of Queen Anne architecture with Gothic Revival overtones. I love unique hybrid styles, especially this one. The interior is great—intricate stained glass, carved wood dragons and deep rich colors create a mystery that says "haunted," but of the benevolent variety. The library beckons "grab a book!" (though you can't touch), the veranda calls, "come, sit,... More 

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Delmar, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No one was there! We walked all the trails...could not find the ancient stone marker, but that didn't ruin our day. The scenes of the Hudson from the wide lawn and from the viewpoints on the trails reminded us of the majesty of our River. The house was not open--no problem. We sat in the rocking chairs on the veranda... More 

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restoration is a work in progress, the video introduction by Margaret "Daisy" Stuckey was great. This gives a great view of American Victorian style and architecture. Wonderful wood paneling, furniture and decor from the late 1880's that was untouched until 1990's. FDR's closest "companion" lived here for just shy of 100 years. Not as large or grandiose as Ogden... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

We have taken this tour a couple of times and it's just really interesting. The Wilderstein mansion is so well preserved you feel you've gone back in time when walking through the house. The tour guides are excellent and make the walking tour of this this historic home a true pleasure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

When doing 'The Great Homes of the Hudson Valley' you must stop here. And if you can hold it til last, it's a great way to wrap-up all that you've seen. Here, the last Lady of the golden age of wealth & power of this area lived, and died, and left her story for everyone to enjoy. We discovered it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

This property is much different from many others one might visit in the area. It is a Queen Anne Victorian with all of the family heirlooms in situ -- and this family has a history dating from pre-revolutionary times through the FDR era and later. That, coupled with Daisy Suckley's (the last owner's) relationship with FDR, makes this a significant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

I love visiting big houses in the Hudson River valley. This house is beautifully restored and the docents give wonderful informative tours. Some of the rooms are kept as original (i.e., not restored) so you can see the wear and tear from time. What makes this place interesting is that the last family resident/owner died in 1990 and they have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

In order to better understand the historically important Hudson River families you need to visit here. Especially if you want to know more about FDR. It was Daisy who gave him his beloved Fala. And she was with him when he died. Ok, it isn't the Vanderbilt estate. But it sure is more fascinating to realize that this house was... More 

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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 

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