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Address: Rhinebeck, NY 12572
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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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Nice place to visit / view is beautiful/ guide is knowledgeable and accommodating/ interesting to see how they restore it to the original look

Reviewed 25 October 2016
Mellie C
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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

1 Thank Mellie C
Stone Mountain, Georgia
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Reviewed 16 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

1 Thank Pam H
Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 1 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 

1 Thank jessica1017
new york
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

This historic site is the most complete and evocative. It's my favorite and has been for years. Be sure to visit often to watch the amazing restoration of the structures and landscape.

Thank merrahue
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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Worth stopping at this site for a quick tour. Located an a beautiful spot with gorgeous view. It is a quick tour since you can only view the first floor. Interesting after going to Hyde park since Daisy was part of that era and social circle. Also interesting to see the did fence in style here compared to so many... More 

Thank Oona C
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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I took the house tour today. The tour guide was so informative. He knew so much family history. The house is amazing and the views of the river spectacular. We walked a couple of the hiking trails and just enjoyed the scenery. We would definitely recommend people come see and learn about this historic site.

Thank John R
Centerville, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 22 August 2016 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 

3 Thank AECMayo
Brick, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016

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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Reviewed 17 August 2016

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 

Thank Tina J
Staatsburg, New York
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Reviewed 14 August 2016

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.

Thank seehorse72

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