Wethersfield

Wethersfield Wethersfield Farm, Garden, House, & Carriage House Museum
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Wethersfield is located in Amenia, NY and was originally the country estate of Chauncey Devereux Stillman (1907-1989). Wethersfield was left to Homeland Foundation, a not for profit organized by Mr. Stillman in 1938. After Mr. Stillman’s death in 1989, Wethersfield was opened to the public for open space and scenic enjoyment. Mr. Stillman, an investor and philanthropist, purchased the original property, a dairy farm, and named it Wethersfield Farm, after Wethersfield, Connecticut, where his ancestors had settled in the late 1600s. Wethersfield occupies1,200 acres in Northeast Dutchess County and consists of Wethersfield House Museum, Gardens, Carriage House, and Farm. The House, Museum, and Gardens are situated at an elevation of 1,200 ft., the highest point in the region, which provides panoramic views of the Catskills to the west and the Berkshires to the north.

DID YOU KNOW: we offer cross country skiing trails at Wethersfield! They are FREE to use, and open from 8AM to dusk as l...
01/22/2020

DID YOU KNOW: we offer cross country skiing trails at Wethersfield! They are FREE to use, and open from 8AM to dusk as long as there is snow on the ground. Bring your skis and make sure to sign our waiver online. See https://www.wethersfield.org/cross-country for more information!

Merry Christmas! "Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring tingle tingling too! Come on, it's lovely weather for a sl...
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas!
"Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring tingle tingling too! Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you!” Did you know that inside the Carriage House at Wethersfield you will find beautiful horse drawn sleigh that would often carry Mr. Stillman and his guests around the snowy hills of Wethersfield? If you are interested in a tour of this historic museum for the summer of 2020, please visit our website for more information. https://www.wethersfield.org/estate

Back when the Pool was 14 feet deep- complete with a diving board and ladder!! #ThrowBackThursday
12/12/2019

Back when the Pool was 14 feet deep- complete with a diving board and ladder!! #ThrowBackThursday

4 inches of snow, and still coming down!!
12/02/2019

4 inches of snow, and still coming down!!

Happy Thanksgiving from Wethersfield!! We are so thankful for all of you and your support over the years!
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving from Wethersfield!! We are so thankful for all of you and your support over the years!

Even though it is chilly outside, it is warm and full of life in our greenhouse throughout the winter! Come the Spring, ...
11/27/2019

Even though it is chilly outside, it is warm and full of life in our greenhouse throughout the winter! Come the Spring, all of these plants will be moved out into the formal garden

DID YOU KNOW? The original Wethersfield greenhouse actually sits in close to the staff wing of the Main House, and is on...
11/26/2019

DID YOU KNOW? The original Wethersfield greenhouse actually sits in close to the staff wing of the Main House, and is only about 1/4 the size of our current greenhouse.

DID YOU KNOW? All of the statues at Wethersfield get covered for the winter to protect them. The statues in our Wilderne...
11/24/2019

DID YOU KNOW? All of the statues at Wethersfield get covered for the winter to protect them. The statues in our Wilderness Garden got covered this week, including our larger-than-life centaur, which take the efforts of FIVE Wethersfield staff members to box up!

Wishing you all a beautiful Saturday- from Wethersfield!
11/23/2019

Wishing you all a beautiful Saturday- from Wethersfield!

Flashback Friday Fun Fact: when Mr. Stillman originally purchased the property for Wethersfield in 1938, it was entirely...
11/22/2019

Flashback Friday Fun Fact: when Mr. Stillman originally purchased the property for Wethersfield in 1938, it was entirely made up of farmland. As part of conservation efforts, many of the acres were reforested, to allow wildlife to return while simultaneously working to conserve soil as much as possible.

Many people ask what our dining room would've looked like for Mr. Stillman's dinners. This is a depiction of the dining ...
11/21/2019

Many people ask what our dining room would've looked like for Mr. Stillman's dinners. This is a depiction of the dining room; set for dinner and lit by candlelight. The nuance is out of this world!

Did you know that there are eight man-made ponds at Wethersfield? They were made to collect runoff and conserve soil. Th...
11/20/2019

Did you know that there are eight man-made ponds at Wethersfield? They were made to collect runoff and conserve soil. The water in the was then used for watering crops, fire protection, and water for animals. One of the ponds is still used today to irrigate our formal garden during especially dry summers!

Have you seen the largest statue at Wethersfield? Our centaur is located in the heart of our Wilderness garden, and is a...
11/19/2019

Have you seen the largest statue at Wethersfield? Our centaur is located in the heart of our Wilderness garden, and is a quite extraordinary piece of art!

Have you ever wanted a look at the inside of the house, but haven't had the chance to schedule a tour? Well here's your ...
11/18/2019

Have you ever wanted a look at the inside of the house, but haven't had the chance to schedule a tour? Well here's your sneak peak, this is the Main House living room! We will have tours available on Fridays and Saturdays during our 2020 season- June-September. Schedule a tour for a chance to experience the history of Wethersfield up close and personally!

Happy Sunday from Wethersfield! When Mr. Stillman converted to Catholicism, his estate began to feature many pieces of C...
11/17/2019

Happy Sunday from Wethersfield! When Mr. Stillman converted to Catholicism, his estate began to feature many pieces of Catholic artwork. This beautiful Murillo is the centerpiece in the Main House's chapel, and is even more beautiful in person!

When Mr. Stillman turned his equestrian passions towards carriage driving, his Hackney horses were quite well know as so...
11/16/2019

When Mr. Stillman turned his equestrian passions towards carriage driving, his Hackney horses were quite well know as some of the most masterful carriage horses. Though there are no horses residing at Wethersfield anymore, the Stable/Carriage House weather vane is a lasting tribute to Mr. Stillman's Hackneys. Notice the way the front foot comes up on it, and the muscular shape of the horse? This weather vane does not just depict any horse- it is a Hackney!

Our horse and hiking trails are officially CLOSED for the season. We had more riders this year than in past years, and w...
11/15/2019

Our horse and hiking trails are officially CLOSED for the season. We had more riders this year than in past years, and we LOVED having so much equestrian life on the property! See you in 2020!

These breathtaking roses bloom for only a brief time in the Spring, but they are a fantastic sight if you catch them in ...
11/14/2019

These breathtaking roses bloom for only a brief time in the Spring, but they are a fantastic sight if you catch them in their prime! They grow on our tool shed in the Cutting Garden! #ThrowbackThursday #ThrowbackToSpring

Happy Wethersfield Wednesday! Here's a classic Wethersfield scene: our Palladian Arch!
11/13/2019

Happy Wethersfield Wednesday! Here's a classic Wethersfield scene: our Palladian Arch!

Our blue-grey corner is a piece of the garden that often gets overlooked. Full of Dusty Miller, Ageratum, and Elysium- t...
11/12/2019

Our blue-grey corner is a piece of the garden that often gets overlooked. Full of Dusty Miller, Ageratum, and Elysium- this unique combination lies in the far corner of our knot garden, neighboring out Grasshopper House.

Happy Veteran's Day from Wethersfield- we are so grateful for all who have served this country.
11/11/2019

Happy Veteran's Day from Wethersfield- we are so grateful for all who have served this country.

It's Mr. Stillman's Birthday! Celebrate with us by sharing your favorite Wethersfield memory, or favorite thing about We...
11/09/2019

It's Mr. Stillman's Birthday! Celebrate with us by sharing your favorite Wethersfield memory, or favorite thing about Wethersfield in the comments below!

A hundred and twelve years ago today a great man was born!Happy Birthday Mr. Stillman!
11/09/2019

A hundred and twelve years ago today a great man was born!
Happy Birthday Mr. Stillman!

Happy Friday from Wethersfield!!
11/08/2019

Happy Friday from Wethersfield!!

11/07/2019

Have you checked us out on other social media platforms? We are @Wethersfield on Instagram and @WethersfieldEstate on Twitter!

Thursday Fun Fact!! We recently learned that our Naiad Fountain made by Carl Milles has a twin also made by Milles at a ...
11/07/2019

Thursday Fun Fact!! We recently learned that our Naiad Fountain made by Carl Milles has a twin also made by Milles at a garden in Sweden!!

Two of our carriages have been on loan at the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh since May. Today, they returned home!
11/06/2019

Two of our carriages have been on loan at the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh since May. Today, they returned home!

Every angle at Wethersfield is magical!
11/06/2019

Every angle at Wethersfield is magical!

The formal garden being closed for the season is the PERFECT opportunity to get some major projects done. This year our ...
11/05/2019

The formal garden being closed for the season is the PERFECT opportunity to get some major projects done. This year our peacock walk is being redone!

It seems winter is approaching at Wethersfield! This morning it was a chilly 30 degrees as our staff headed into work. H...
11/04/2019

It seems winter is approaching at Wethersfield! This morning it was a chilly 30 degrees as our staff headed into work. Here's a throwback to warmer weather, when our peonies were blooming this June!

#FlashBackFriday This is what our Main House looked like before the Gloriette Wing was added in 1970!
11/01/2019

#FlashBackFriday This is what our Main House looked like before the Gloriette Wing was added in 1970!

Happy Halloween from Wethersfield!!
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween from Wethersfield!!

DID YOU KNOW: All of the fountains at Wethersfield except the Goldfish Pool get drained every fall and refilled in the s...
10/30/2019

DID YOU KNOW: All of the fountains at Wethersfield except the Goldfish Pool get drained every fall and refilled in the spring. When this happens, our garden staff relocates all of the frogs to the Goldfish Pool so that they do not get stuck in the empty fountains!

Did you know that the oval pool in the center of our garden used to be a swimming pool? This pool used to be 14 feet dee...
10/29/2019

Did you know that the oval pool in the center of our garden used to be a swimming pool? This pool used to be 14 feet deep and even had a diving board on the south side of it. When the garden was opened to the public it was filled to 2 1/2 feet, but the rest of the original pool is actually still there- just underneath the floor of the current pool!

ATTENTION: Our Hunter Pace scheduled for this coming Sunday, October 27 has been CANCELED due to rain. We apologize for ...
10/25/2019

ATTENTION: Our Hunter Pace scheduled for this coming Sunday, October 27 has been CANCELED due to rain. We apologize for the inconvenience! Our trails are still open until November 14th!!

At Wethersfield- even the little details are remarkable. The fences leading into the inner garden are no exception- they...
10/25/2019

At Wethersfield- even the little details are remarkable. The fences leading into the inner garden are no exception- they are made up of many different spirals!

Friendly reminder that our Hiking and Horse trails are open until November 14! Come and visit our breathtaking wildernes...
10/24/2019

Friendly reminder that our Hiking and Horse trails are open until November 14! Come and visit our breathtaking wilderness. Day passes are also available, at $5 for hikers and $20 for equestrians- visit our website: wethersfield.org for more information!

There are so many autumn elements of Wethersfield that no one ever gets to see because we are no longer opened. Stay tun...
10/23/2019

There are so many autumn elements of Wethersfield that no one ever gets to see because we are no longer opened. Stay tuned as we share some of those autumnal scenes with you here over the next few months!

Fall has arrived at Wethersfield!!
10/21/2019

Fall has arrived at Wethersfield!!

10/09/2019
The Traditions of Wethersfield Estate

This past weekend's four-in-hand truly brought Wethersfield's history to life. Special thanks to Marion de Vogel for capturing all of the magic in this spectacular video!

Wethersfield Estate welcomes The Four-in-Hand Club

We are SO thrilled to be hosting the Four in Hand Club Drive this weekend at Wethersfield! For many, getting to watch th...
10/05/2019

We are SO thrilled to be hosting the Four in Hand Club Drive this weekend at Wethersfield! For many, getting to watch these magncicant carriages drive on the property is a sure throwback to the carriage life here in Mr. Stillman's day. It has been absolutely amazing to have the property so full of carrige life!

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10/04/2019

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10/04/2019

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10/04/2019

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We are officially CLOSED for the year!! Thank you all for a fantastic season, and we look forward to seeing you in June!...
09/30/2019

We are officially CLOSED for the year!! Thank you all for a fantastic season, and we look forward to seeing you in June!!

Address

214 Pugsley Hill Rd
Amenia, NY
12501

General information

Wethersfield Garden is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Noon to 5pm, June through September. Admission to the property is as follows: Garden Visit $5 Tour (Garden, Carriage House, and Wethersfield House) $20 for adults $15 for Seniors Children ages 12 and under are free. Cash/Credit/Debit/Check accepted Advanced reservation required for tours. For further information or reservations, please call (845) 373-8037

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Wethersfield is located in Amenia, NY and was originally the country estate of Chauncey Devereux Stillman (1907-1989). Wethersfield was left to Homeland Foundation, a non-for- profit organized by Mr. Stillman in 1938. After Mr. Stillman’s death in 1989, Wethersfield was opened to the public for open space and scenic enjoyment. Mr. Stillman, an investor and philanthropist, purchased the original property, a dairy farm, and named it Wethersfield Farm, after Wethersfield, Connecticut, where his ancestors had settled in the late 1600s. Wethersfield occupies 1,200 acres in Northeast Dutchess County and consists of Wethersfield House Museum, Gardens, Carriage House, and Farm. The House, Museum, and Gardens are situated at an elevation of 1,200 ft., the highest point in the region, which provides panoramic views of the Catskills to the west and the Berkshires to the north.

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