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Address: Rhinebeck, NY 12572
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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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Wow- what It must have been like to live in this awesome place back in the day...What a gorgeous location and view with a stellar architectural masterpiece. I enjoyed walking... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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potsdam NY
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wow- what It must have been like to live in this awesome place back in the day...What a gorgeous location and view with a stellar architectural masterpiece. I enjoyed walking around the grounds and imagining what life must have been like back in the day. Spectacular!

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Dover, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

No matter why you go to Wilderstein, you will have a very interesting time. The grounds sweep down to the Hudson, offering spectacular views. The house (you need to book a tour) is filled with historic detail and lovely antiques. Highly recommended!

Thank Elisabeth K
Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

This place is A bit out of the way, but worth the visit. You buy tickets in the gift shop, then watch a short film about the history of the site. The house is beautiful, but the tour only covers the first floor (apparently for liability reasons). The grounds are attractive, with great views of the Hudson River. Worth visiting... More 

Thank Wtrav77
Kingston, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Highly recommend. Additional improvements coming. Still worth the trip. Make sure to call ahead to make sure there is a tour guide available. They are all volunteers.

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Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

What a lovely and scenic site on the Hudson. They been cleaning! The results are wonderfully restored rooms and furnishings. Let your imagination of the good life soar while speculating on the relationship of Daisy Suckley and her cousin the president.

Thank brian m S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Traveling siblings and we stopped here in October to "round out" our knowledge of FDR. The building and the interiors are amazing. We were there on a slow weekday with just one other couple leaving. We were still treated to a full tour and an extremely knowledgeable tour guide. She gave us a great "one on one" experience and answered... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Wilderstein Historic Site is a lovingly restored home - a must see at holiday time. The docents are all volunteers and do a great job; the house is beautifully decorated; Rhinebeck right nearby.

Thank ukulelecat2
Rhinebeck, New York
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Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Historic home on the Hudson.Take time to walk the property or visit the house. The river views are breathtaking.

Thank whocountscalories
Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

This is a very unusual and interesting site! Tour guide was very knowledgeable, and passionate about the house and the family. It is worth your time if you are in the area!

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Sayville, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

On a recent trip upstate, we took a side trip to Old Rhinebeck. While there we stopped at Wilderstein Historic Site which was the family residence of the Suckley's. Who were an affluent, but nondescript family who lived here for 3 generations. The last generation had a unique relationship with President Franklin Roosevelt. Margaret Suckley (affectionately known as 'Daisy') was... More 

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