Wilderstein Historic Site

Wilderstein Historic Site 330 Morton RoadRhinebeck, NY 12572845-876-4818 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. 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.

Operating as usual

What a treat this will be after the Thanksgiving holiday!Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This will be the last t...
11/04/2021

What a treat this will be after the Thanksgiving holiday!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This will be the last tours of 2021, so don't wait to order your tickets.

What a treat this will be after the Thanksgiving holiday!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This will be the last tours of 2021, so don't wait to order your tickets.

Halloween is the perfect time to look back at a photograph of the Wilderstein mansion prior to its restoration.
10/31/2021

Halloween is the perfect time to look back at a photograph of the Wilderstein mansion prior to its restoration.

Halloween is the perfect time to look back at a photograph of the Wilderstein mansion prior to its restoration.

October is coming to an end and with it, Wilderstein's 2021 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Be sure to stop by before it's...
10/28/2021

October is coming to an end and with it, Wilderstein's 2021 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Be sure to stop by before it's too late.

NOT JUST ONE THING, Wilderstein's sixth biennial outdoor sculpture show, invites us to unsettle how we look. These artworks refocus our attention on the multidimensional ways we experience the location, history, and ecology of Wilderstein. Free and open to the public daily 9am to 4pm through October 31.

October is coming to an end and with it, Wilderstein's 2021 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Be sure to stop by before it's too late.

NOT JUST ONE THING, Wilderstein's sixth biennial outdoor sculpture show, invites us to unsettle how we look. These artworks refocus our attention on the multidimensional ways we experience the location, history, and ecology of Wilderstein. Free and open to the public daily 9am to 4pm through October 31.

This postcard depicts the Hotel-Pension Rosat, home of the Suckley family from 1897-1907.
10/25/2021

This postcard depicts the Hotel-Pension Rosat, home of the Suckley family from 1897-1907.

This postcard depicts the Hotel-Pension Rosat, home of the Suckley family from 1897-1907.

There's just over a week left before Wilderstein's 2021 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition: "Not Just One Thing" comes to an e...
10/22/2021

There's just over a week left before Wilderstein's 2021 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition: "Not Just One Thing" comes to an end.

Be sure to take some time to visit works by nationally recognized artists John Ruppert, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak and Julianne Swartz, as well as Bard College MFA graduate student Mindy Solis.

The grounds at Wilderstein are open daily from 9AM to 4PM.

There's just over a week left before Wilderstein's 2021 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition: "Not Just One Thing" comes to an end.

Be sure to take some time to visit works by nationally recognized artists John Ruppert, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak and Julianne Swartz, as well as Bard College MFA graduate student Mindy Solis.

The grounds at Wilderstein are open daily from 9AM to 4PM.

This photograph was taken in 1911. It shows the west side of Wilderstein in the distance before the enclosed porch was a...
10/18/2021

This photograph was taken in 1911. It shows the west side of Wilderstein in the distance before the enclosed porch was added. Pine tree divides the picture frame & blocks the view of the south side of the house. Foreground has been tinted purple with colored pencil.

View this photograph and so much more on Wilderstein's Digital Catalog online at
https://wilderstein.pastperfectonline.com/

This photograph was taken in 1911. It shows the west side of Wilderstein in the distance before the enclosed porch was added. Pine tree divides the picture frame & blocks the view of the south side of the house. Foreground has been tinted purple with colored pencil.

View this photograph and so much more on Wilderstein's Digital Catalog online at
https://wilderstein.pastperfectonline.com/

This watercolor on paper depicts a view of the Hudson River through fall-colored trees on the Wilderstein property. Hick...
10/14/2021

This watercolor on paper depicts a view of the Hudson River through fall-colored trees on the Wilderstein property. Hickory tree stands on the crest of a hill surrounded by blue-green pines on its right and other tall, fall-colored trees on its left. In the background is the Hudson River, Esopus Meadows lighthouse, and the Catskill Mountains. Shades of orange, brown, and green.

The artist of this lovely watercolor is Janet Tillotson Montgomery Floyd (1847-1925), an aunt of Margaret (Daisy) Suckley.

View this lovely work and much more on Wilderstein's Digital Catalog online at
https://wilderstein.pastperfectonline.com/

This watercolor on paper depicts a view of the Hudson River through fall-colored trees on the Wilderstein property. Hickory tree stands on the crest of a hill surrounded by blue-green pines on its right and other tall, fall-colored trees on its left. In the background is the Hudson River, Esopus Meadows lighthouse, and the Catskill Mountains. Shades of orange, brown, and green.

The artist of this lovely watercolor is Janet Tillotson Montgomery Floyd (1847-1925), an aunt of Margaret (Daisy) Suckley.

View this lovely work and much more on Wilderstein's Digital Catalog online at
https://wilderstein.pastperfectonline.com/

There's still a bit more than two weeks to visit Wilderstein's Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition: "Not Just One Thing."Wilder...
10/11/2021

There's still a bit more than two weeks to visit Wilderstein's Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition: "Not Just One Thing."

Wilderstein’s 2021 outdoor sculpture exhibition features the work of nationally recognized artists John Ruppert, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak and Julianne Swartz, as well as Bard College MFA graduate student Mindy Solis and an augmented reality 3D sculpture created by the Center for Experimental Humanities at Bard College.

This show invites us to unsettle how we look. Each of the artists experiments with not only unexpected materials but also curious scale and unfamiliar viewing modes as tools for creating new, site-responsive installations. The artwork refocuses our attention on the multidimensional ways we might experience the location, history and ecology of Wilderstein. As art critic John Berger eloquently describes it: “The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.”

Curated by Krista Caballero, Co-Director of the Center for Experimental Humanities at Bard College and Julia B. Rosenbaum, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at Bard College. Exhibit runs from June 6 through October 31, 2021.

There's still a bit more than two weeks to visit Wilderstein's Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition: "Not Just One Thing."

Wilderstein’s 2021 outdoor sculpture exhibition features the work of nationally recognized artists John Ruppert, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak and Julianne Swartz, as well as Bard College MFA graduate student Mindy Solis and an augmented reality 3D sculpture created by the Center for Experimental Humanities at Bard College.

This show invites us to unsettle how we look. Each of the artists experiments with not only unexpected materials but also curious scale and unfamiliar viewing modes as tools for creating new, site-responsive installations. The artwork refocuses our attention on the multidimensional ways we might experience the location, history and ecology of Wilderstein. As art critic John Berger eloquently describes it: “The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.”

Curated by Krista Caballero, Co-Director of the Center for Experimental Humanities at Bard College and Julia B. Rosenbaum, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at Bard College. Exhibit runs from June 6 through October 31, 2021.

Hey there leaf peepers. Leaves in the Hudson Valley are beginning to change, but don't wait too long or you could miss t...
10/07/2021

Hey there leaf peepers. Leaves in the Hudson Valley are beginning to change, but don't wait too long or you could miss the peak at Wilderstein.

I Love NY puts out a helpful map to track the changing of the leaves in NYS. You can check it out online at https://www.iloveny.com/things-to-do/fall/foliage-report/

Hey there leaf peepers. Leaves in the Hudson Valley are beginning to change, but don't wait too long or you could miss the peak at Wilderstein.

I Love NY puts out a helpful map to track the changing of the leaves in NYS. You can check it out online at https://www.iloveny.com/things-to-do/fall/foliage-report/

We love to share photos from our visitors.This photo collage was taken and put together by a recent visitor. Beautiful!
10/04/2021

We love to share photos from our visitors.

This photo collage was taken and put together by a recent visitor. Beautiful!

We love to share photos from our visitors.

This photo collage was taken and put together by a recent visitor. Beautiful!

More from Saturday’s fabulous Fala Gala at Wilderstein.
09/30/2021

More from Saturday’s fabulous Fala Gala at Wilderstein.

Saturday’s fabulous Fala Gala at Wilderstein would not have been complete without an abundance of perfect pups. Scottie ...
09/27/2021

Saturday’s fabulous Fala Gala at Wilderstein would not have been complete without an abundance of perfect pups. Scottie Rescue and Ulster SPCA were in attendance along with lots of proud puppy parents.

Please contact One of these wonderful organizations to find your own best friend.

More photos coming soon.

A big thank you to everyone who attended and supported last night’s Fala Gala at Wilderstein. With music from the T. McC...
09/26/2021

A big thank you to everyone who attended and supported last night’s Fala Gala at Wilderstein.

With music from the T. McCann Band, George Cole as Master of Ceremonies, fabulous weather and lots of doggie delights, fun was had by all.

Our Silent Auction continues until 11AM this morning. You did not have to attend to bid!! Access the link on our homepage at www.Wilderstein.org.

More photos coming soon.

09/25/2021

Setting up for the Fala Gala

Wilderstein's FALA GALA this Saturday, September 25 is SOLD OUT!Our many thanks for the tremendous outpouring of support...
09/22/2021

Wilderstein's FALA GALA this Saturday, September 25 is SOLD OUT!

Our many thanks for the tremendous outpouring of support from the community!

Whether or not you are attending, you can still participate in the 100% contact-free online silent auction from the comfort of your home.

Shown here are a few of the beautiful art pieces in the silent auction. View and bid on these items and more at

https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/wilderstein-silent-auction-2021-26232

The silent auction ends on Sunday, September 26 at 11AM.

Wilderstein's 2021 Silent Auction goes live online today, September 10 at 9AM. Access the silent auction via this linkht...
09/10/2021

Wilderstein's 2021 Silent Auction goes live online today, September 10 at 9AM. Access the silent auction via this link

https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/wilderstein-silent-auction-2021-26232

With 40 fabulous items, there's something for just about everyone.

This year's silent auction is 100% online and contact-free. If you are unable to attend The Fala Gala on September 25, you can still bid. Bidding ends on Sunday, September 26 at 11AM.

Our 2021 event includes a fabulous Silent Auction. We have a great selection of items in all shapes and sizes - as large...
09/08/2021

Our 2021 event includes a fabulous Silent Auction. We have a great selection of items in all shapes and sizes - as large as an antique billiard table - as small as a Scottie pencil holder - and everything in between.

This year's auction is extra special as it's contact-free. We'll be launching the auction online this Friday, August 10th. All bidding will be online, including on the day of the event. And you don't have to attend to bid.

Stay tuned for the link to begin bidding on Friday morning.

Our 2021 event includes a fabulous Silent Auction. We have a great selection of items in all shapes and sizes - as large as an antique billiard table - as small as a Scottie pencil holder - and everything in between.

This year's auction is extra special as it's contact-free. We'll be launching the auction online this Friday, August 10th. All bidding will be online, including on the day of the event. And you don't have to attend to bid.

Stay tuned for the link to begin bidding on Friday morning.

Please join us for our “FALA GALA” benefit fundraiser for Wilderstein Historic SiteSaturday, September 25, 2021 from 4 ...
09/05/2021

Please join us for our “FALA GALA” benefit fundraiser for Wilderstein Historic Site

Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 4 to 7pm

The Wilderstein south lawn overlooking the Hudson

Party celebrating the gift of Scottish Terrier Fala by Margaret Suckley to Franklin Roosevelt

Cocktails, gourmet nibbles, Celtic music, silent auction, house tours, pooch parade, Fala look-alike contest & fun

Online silent auction to launch soon!

TICKET CATEGORIES:
Top Dog $500
Winner’s Circle $200
Friend $125

Scotties & dogs of all breeds welcome

RSVP ONLINE at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ei1lgywh3c333988&oseq=&c=&ch=

or call the Wilderstein Office at 845.876.4818

Please join us for our “FALA GALA” benefit fundraiser for Wilderstein Historic Site

Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 4 to 7pm

The Wilderstein south lawn overlooking the Hudson

Party celebrating the gift of Scottish Terrier Fala by Margaret Suckley to Franklin Roosevelt

Cocktails, gourmet nibbles, Celtic music, silent auction, house tours, pooch parade, Fala look-alike contest & fun

Online silent auction to launch soon!

TICKET CATEGORIES:
Top Dog $500
Winner’s Circle $200
Friend $125

Scotties & dogs of all breeds welcome

RSVP ONLINE at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ei1lgywh3c333988&oseq=&c=&ch=

or call the Wilderstein Office at 845.876.4818

This drawing shows the original Italianate country home designed by John Warren Ritch in 1852 for Thomas and Catherine S...
09/02/2021

This drawing shows the original Italianate country home designed by John Warren Ritch in 1852 for Thomas and Catherine Suckley. The mansion we see today was an addition that transformed the two story 1852 villa into an elaborate Queen Anne style mansion.

This drawing shows the original Italianate country home designed by John Warren Ritch in 1852 for Thomas and Catherine Suckley. The mansion we see today was an addition that transformed the two story 1852 villa into an elaborate Queen Anne style mansion.

Mindy Solis, Bard MFA student, is showing two pieces at Wilderstein’s 2021 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, “Not Just One T...
08/30/2021

Mindy Solis, Bard MFA student, is showing two pieces at Wilderstein’s 2021 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, “Not Just One Thing.”

Through her works: Balance Beam, 2021 and Parking Spot for Ash Borer Beetle, 2021, Miss Solis investigates the traces of other species to reveal not always visible interactions.

Today is National Dog Day; although dog owners would probably argue that every day is dog day.Fala, FDR's beloved Scotti...
08/26/2021

Today is National Dog Day; although dog owners would probably argue that every day is dog day.

Fala, FDR's beloved Scottish Terrier is the subject of Wilderstein's 2021 annual benefit fundraiser: The Fala Gala on Saturday, September 25 from 4-7PM.

Roosevelt was indeed attached to his dog. Fala, a small, black Scottish terrier, accompanied Roosevelt almost everywhere: to the Oval Office, on official state visits and on long, overseas trips including one to Newfoundland in 1941 during which Fala met British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Roosevelt’s cousin, Margaret Suckley, had given Fala to the president in 1940 when Fala was still a puppy. Although Eleanor Roosevelt disapproved of having a dog in the White House, Roosevelt adamantly kept the dog by his side. Fala slept at the foot of his master’s bed and only the president had the authority to feed him; the White House kitchen staff sent up a bone for Fala every morning with Roosevelt’s breakfast tray.

Purchase tickets for The Fala Gala online at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ei1lgywh3c333988&oseq=&c=&ch=

or call 845-876-4818.

As we look forward to our 2021 annual benefit fundraising event: The Fala Gala on September 25, let's look back at our h...
08/23/2021

As we look forward to our 2021 annual benefit fundraising event: The Fala Gala on September 25, let's look back at our horse racing themed event: A Day at the Races, from 2019.

Complete with beautiful ladies wearing fabulous hats, fun was had by all. Even a little rain couldn't ruin the day.

Purchase your tickets for The Fala Gala online at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ei1lgywh3c333988&oseq=&c=&ch=

or call the Wilderstein office at 845-876-4818.

Part of what makes Wilderstein's Hudson River view so special is the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse.The "Maid of the Meadow" ...
08/19/2021

Part of what makes Wilderstein's Hudson River view so special is the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse.

The "Maid of the Meadow" was constructed in 1839 to warn mariners of the submerged mudflat and guide river traffic to the east side of the river to avoid the dangerous shallows.

Fun Fact: the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse is the last wooden lighthouse in existence on the Hudson and the only Hudson lighthouse with a clapboard exterior.

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Wilderstein is a not-for-profit house museum in Rhinebeck, NY. It was the home of Margaret Suckley, a cousin and confidante of Franklin Roosevelt, and is widely regarded as the Hudson Valley’s most important example of Victorian architecture.

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Are the grounds currently open even though the house is closed?
Hi There, Are you still planning your spring grounds cleanup? I would love to help.
I want to thank Greg Sokaris, our leader and Executive Director, for all of his efforts on Saturday to make the Holiday Tea a success. That poor guy went out, seems like every 10 minutes, to clear the walks and ramps for everyone's safety. So, thank you Greg!
Hello, I am trying to contact a manager regarding field trip options. If you can have them email me ([email protected]) at their earliest convenience I would greatly appreciate it. Cheers! Chris
Happy Birthday in Heaven Daisy...xo