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Address: Rhinebeck, NY 12572
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+1 845-876-4818
12:00 - 16:00
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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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Very interesting look into the past

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kingston, New York
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Kingston, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

1 Thank James B
New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Rhinebeck, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Nice place to visit / view is beautiful/ guide is knowledgeable and accommodating/ interesting to see how they restore it to the original look

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Stone Mountain, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The setting is gorgeous and the house and family story fascinating. Run by dedicated volunteers, the first tour is at noon and the last at 3:30 limited days of the week-- be sure to check website. Small, but interesting gift shop. Highly recommend

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Luckily for us, our friends told us about Wilderstein and we took a tour there recently. It begins with a video in the old downstairs kitchen, where you can see the old ice box, fireplace and get a glimpse of the family tree. The home has been lovingly restored and the tour guide Evan Q, was quite knowledgeable and made... More 

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