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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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AWESOME. MUST SEE!

I have read quite a few reviews about this estate & was saddened that so many people panned it. First of all, the site itself is gorgeous. It is set in a bend on the Hudson... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Centerville, Massachusetts
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Centerville, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I have read quite a few reviews about this estate & was saddened that so many people panned it. First of all, the site itself is gorgeous. It is set in a bend on the Hudson & has a wonderful view of the River & the Lighthouse. I brought my dogs & we walked along the carriage road & then... More 

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Brick, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour guide gave us a wonderful tour of this beautiful home which is in the process of being restored. It was a hot August afternoon and there was no air conditioning so it was quite uncomfortable so I suggest holding off till the fall unless you have to go when it's hot then it's worth toughing it out as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful house with lots of history. Tour guide made tour very interesting and was willing to answer all questions. We really enjoyed the tour. My husband growing up in Rhinebeck was able to tour the house many, many years ago and see some of the rooms that are not shown today. He said they are beautiful as... More 

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

This place is beautiful. Right on the river. Very, very nice. The grounds are lovely for a picnic or just an afternoon to enjoy the view.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While not as large as some of the other estates, this one is still worth seeing. A very livable home with interesting furnishings and a great view of the Hudson River.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautifully restored (so far) house with a fascinating history, surrounded by pretty grounds. Our docent Chris was terrific and very knowledgeable, clearly fascinated by and enthusiastic about the home and the family history that goes along with it. We stumbled on this site, but it ended up being a highlight of our trip.

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Westchester County, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful mansion and great tour. You will see first floor only. A short movie and a gift shop! $11/adult. Our guide was wonderful! She gave us the background of the building and owners. If you are into history, and how the former owner was (or may) have been tied to FDR. Watch the movie "Hyde Park on the Hudson". Makes... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An estate steeped in history. Such beautiful grounds and run by a very dedicated and knowledgeable group of volunteers. The tour was absolutely wonderful and we learned so much that we ended up becoming members.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

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 July 14, 2016

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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