Wilderstein Historic Site

Wilderstein Historic Site 330 Morton RoadRhinebeck, NY 12572845-876-4818
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Regardless of what era we are born, we can relate to spending time with family around the holidays. In this photo from 1...
12/06/2023

Regardless of what era we are born, we can relate to spending time with family around the holidays.

In this photo from 1915, two of the Suckley sisters enjoy quiet time together in the enclosed veranda, decorated for the holidays.

Wilderstein Historic Site’s Gift Shop is a wonderful place to do your holiday shopping. We have unique gifts for just ab...
12/04/2023

Wilderstein Historic Site’s Gift Shop is a wonderful place to do your holiday shopping. We have unique gifts for just about anyone in the family. The shop is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4PM.

This Week in Wilderstein HistoryNovember 30, 1935: The boathouse at Wilderstein burns. The Suckley boathouse, one of the...
12/01/2023

This Week in Wilderstein History

November 30, 1935:

The boathouse at Wilderstein burns.

The Suckley boathouse, one of the original structures designed by Arnout Cannon in 1888, burns to the waterline and is completely destroyed.

Wilderstein Historic Site's Holiday Guided Tours for 2023 are now in full swing. Let's look back at some of our favorite...
11/29/2023

Wilderstein Historic Site's Holiday Guided Tours for 2023 are now in full swing. Let's look back at some of our favorite seasons gone by in the mansion.

Today we highlight the Dining Room.

Wilderstein Historic Site's Holiday Guided Tours for 2023 are now in full swing. Let's look back at some of our favorite...
11/27/2023

Wilderstein Historic Site's Holiday Guided Tours for 2023 are now in full swing. Let's look back at some of our favorite seasons gone by in the mansion.

Today we highlight the Entry and Butler's Pantry.

Wilderstein Historic Site's Holiday Guided Tours for 2023 are now in full swing. Let's look back at some of our favorite...
11/25/2023

Wilderstein Historic Site's Holiday Guided Tours for 2023 are now in full swing. Let's look back at some of our favorite seasons gone by in the mansion.

Today we highlight the Library.

Wilderstein got a nice mention in Travel and Leisure.
11/24/2023

Wilderstein got a nice mention in Travel and Leisure.

Here's how to plan the perfect trip to Rhinebeck, New York, including the best hotels, restaurants, shops, and things to do.

At Wilderstein Historic Site we are grateful to all our supporters, volunteers, visitors and community.Wishing you and y...
11/23/2023

At Wilderstein Historic Site we are grateful to all our supporters, volunteers, visitors and community.

Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving.

As we look forward to Wilderstein Historic Site's Holiday Guided Tours for 2023, let's look back at some of our favorite...
11/22/2023

As we look forward to Wilderstein Historic Site's Holiday Guided Tours for 2023, let's look back at some of our favorite seasons gone by in the mansion.

Today we highlight the White and Gold Salon.

As we look forward to Wilderstein Historic Site's Holiday Guided Tours for 2023, let's look back at some of our favorite...
11/20/2023

As we look forward to Wilderstein Historic Site's Holiday Guided Tours for 2023, let's look back at some of our favorite seasons gone by in the mansion.

Today we highlight the Parlor.

Guided Holiday Tours at Wilderstein Historic Site begin one week from today. Our elves have been busy decorating the man...
11/17/2023

Guided Holiday Tours at Wilderstein Historic Site begin one week from today.

Our elves have been busy decorating the mansion, getting ready for you.

Earlier this month the 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes of Saint Martin de Porres School Poughkeepsie, NY made Fala inspired orn...
11/15/2023

Earlier this month the 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes of Saint Martin de Porres School Poughkeepsie, NY made Fala inspired ornaments for Wilderstein.

Be sure to tour the mansion this holiday season to view their creations.

This Week in Wilderstein HistoryNovember 11, 1918: World War I ends with Robin and Arthur Suckley in Paris.  At the clos...
11/13/2023

This Week in Wilderstein History

November 11, 1918:

World War I ends with Robin and Arthur Suckley in Paris. At the close of the war, Robin is serving in the Army and Arthur in the Red Cross. Robin stays in Europe for the next several months, returning home in 1919. Arthur settles in France for several years.

This photograph from 1918 shows Arthur in uniform with "U.S." on his collar. Arthur served with the Red Cross in Paris.

One of the highlights of walking the grounds and trails at Wilderstein Historic Site is Umbrella Point. A lovely hidden ...
11/08/2023

One of the highlights of walking the grounds and trails at Wilderstein Historic Site is Umbrella Point. A lovely hidden spot with a stunning view.

The grounds and trails at Wilderstein are open daily from 9am to 4pm.

Wilderstein Historic Site's regular tour season has ended, but don't worry. There's still time to tour the Wilderstein M...
11/05/2023

Wilderstein Historic Site's regular tour season has ended, but don't worry. There's still time to tour the Wilderstein Mansion during our upcoming holiday season!

Our amazing volunteers are taking a bit of a break to decorate the mansion. We'll be back for tours beginning on November 24.

This Week in Wilderstein HistoryNovember 5, 1918: The Suckley women vote for the first time. New York State granted wome...
11/02/2023

This Week in Wilderstein History

November 5, 1918:

The Suckley women vote for the first time.

New York State granted women the right to vote in 1917 and the New York Gubernatorial election in 1918 was the first statewide election in which women could vote.

This photograph from 1910 is of Margaret (Daisy) and her twin sisters. Daisy sits between Betty and Kathy on the Wilderstein porch steps.

For Halloween we're sharing a photo of the Wilderstein Mansion, prior to restoration.Happy Halloween!!
10/31/2023

For Halloween we're sharing a photo of the Wilderstein Mansion, prior to restoration.

Happy Halloween!!

Tintypes at WildersteinJoin us on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 2pm for a very special event: Tintypes at Wilderstein. T...
10/30/2023

Tintypes at Wilderstein
Join us on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 2pm for a very special event: Tintypes at Wilderstein. This lecture and demonstration will showcase the art, history, and alchemical process of the unmatched beauty of tintype photographs.

Tom Delooza, a historical photographer, will delve into Wilderstein’s collection of tintypes and be available for a limited number of portrait sessions that day using his equipment and antiquarian techniques. The audience will be encouraged to stay for the first portrait session, and witness the ethereal appear out of the darkness!

Tickets for the lecture are $15 per person, and portraits may be booked for an additional $60 per session. To purchase tickets and book sessions, please visit www.wilderstein.org (http://www.wilderstein.org/) or call the Wilderstein Office at 845-876-4818.

What is a Tintype?
The tintype was launched in 1856 as a more affordable alternative to the daguerreotype and albumen print photographic formats. They enjoyed their greatest popularity during the 1860s and 1870s. The tintype, also known as the wet plate collodion process, was invented by Frederick Scott Archer. It is called "wet plate" because the photograph plate has to be coated, exposed, and developed while the chemistry is still wet. The need for immediate processing is cumbersome, but also amazing to see.

About Delooza
Tom DeLooza has been working with the wet plate collodion process since 2004. In addition to making his art, he has lead tutorials, workshops, and given lectures to revive an appreciation for this wonderful process. Tom received a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University where he collaborated with several of his mentors including John Coffer and John Dugdale. Tom’s work has been exhibited in a wide variety of venues such as SoHo Photo in New York City, XL Projects in Syracuse, Fulton Street Gallery in Troy, and
One Mile Gallery in Kingston.

We had a lovely day at yesterday’s Harvest Tea at Wilderstein Historic Site.The day, from start to finish was perfection...
10/29/2023

We had a lovely day at yesterday’s Harvest Tea at Wilderstein Historic Site.

The day, from start to finish was perfection.

Thank you to all those who attended and our wonderful volunteers who were so generous in their preparation of delicious food, as well as serving at the tea.

These incredible photos were taken by one of our volunteers from Wilderstein’s five story tower.There are two ways to re...
10/24/2023

These incredible photos were taken by one of our volunteers from Wilderstein’s five story tower.

There are two ways to reach the tower. The first is to become a member at the Tower level or above. The second way is to become a volunteer. Both are entitled to a behind the scenes tour of the mansion including the upper floors and tower (by appointment).

For more information visit our website at Wilderstein.org under “Support” or email us at [email protected].

More from our recent volunteer luncheon. At Wilderstein Historic Site we are incredibly lucky to have such dedicated vol...
10/22/2023

More from our recent volunteer luncheon.

At Wilderstein Historic Site we are incredibly lucky to have such dedicated volunteers; we had fun celebrating them.

Reach out to Wilderstein if you're interested in joining us as a volunteer in 2024. Call 845-758-6006 or email [email protected] for more information.

There are still a small number of tickets available for next week’s Harvest Tea at Wilderstein Historic Site. You don’t ...
10/20/2023

There are still a small number of tickets available for next week’s Harvest Tea at Wilderstein Historic Site. You don’t want to miss this special event.

Teatime has always been a cherished tradition at Wilderstein. Margaret (Daisy) Suckley, the last resident of the estate, was well-known for hosting afternoon tea. To this day, many remember her warmth, elegance, and gracious hospitality.

In that spirit, tea lovers from near and far are cordially invited to attend a special “Harvest Tea” at Wilderstein on Saturday, October 28 from 1 to 3pm. It will feature fine tea from Harney & Sons, and an assortment of homemade sweet and savory treats. Guests are encouraged to stay for a tour of the mansion and/or a stroll to experience the beauty of the fall foliage on the grounds.

Tickets for the tea are $50, and a tour of the mansion may be booked for an additional $15 per person. Use the link: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ejs8m4in2f3de152&oseq=&c=&ch= to register online. For more information, call us at 845-876-4818

It's mid-October, which means there are only two weeks left of Wilderstein Historic Site's regular tour season.The mansi...
10/17/2023

It's mid-October, which means there are only two weeks left of Wilderstein Historic Site's regular tour season.

The mansion is open for tours Thursday through Sunday. There are four tours daily beginning at noon. The final tour of the day begins at 3:00PM. Tours are approximately one hour and include the newly restored second floor.

To join a tour, enter through the Wilderstein Gift Shop. For more information visit the Wilderstein Historic Site website at www.wilderstein.org or call the office at 845-876-4818.

We had a wonderful afternoon at Wilderstein yesterday celebrating our amazing volunteers. Our volunteers are simply the ...
10/12/2023

We had a wonderful afternoon at Wilderstein yesterday celebrating our amazing volunteers. Our volunteers are simply the best. They are kind, committed to and knowledgeable about Wilderstein.

It was fun spending time together as a group and catching up. More great photos coming soon.

Reach out to Wilderstein if you’re interested in joining us as a volunteer for 2024. Call 845-876-4818 or email [email protected] for more information.

This Week in Wilderstein HistoryOctober 10, 1907: The Suckley’s return to the US from Europe.  The Suckleys leave the Pe...
10/09/2023

This Week in Wilderstein History

October 10, 1907:

The Suckley’s return to the US from Europe.

The Suckleys leave the Pension Rosat in Switzerland for the last time. From this point on, Wilderstein will be their primary residence. Robert returns to Switzerland for two months each year for winter sports.

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

Teatime has always been a cherished tradition at Wilderstein. Margaret (Daisy) Suckley, the last resident of the estate,...
10/05/2023

Teatime has always been a cherished tradition at Wilderstein. Margaret (Daisy) Suckley, the last resident of the estate, was well-known for hosting afternoon tea. To this day, many remember her warmth, elegance, and gracious hospitality.

In that spirit, tea lovers from near and far are cordially invited to attend a special “Harvest Tea” at Wilderstein on Saturday, October 28 from 1 to 3pm. It will feature fine tea from Harney & Sons, and an assortment of homemade sweet and savory treats. Guests are encouraged to stay for a tour of the mansion and/or a stroll to experience the beauty of the fall foliage on the grounds.

Tickets for the tea are $50, and a tour of the mansion may be booked for an additional $15 per person. Use the link: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ejs8m4in2f3de152&oseq=&c=&ch= to register online. For more information, call us at 845-876-4818

While walking the grounds and trails at Wilderstein Historic Site you may come across the Root Cellar. The Root Cellar w...
10/03/2023

While walking the grounds and trails at Wilderstein Historic Site you may come across the Root Cellar. The Root Cellar was a cool, dry place used to store fruits and vegetables grown at Wilderstein.

The Root Cellar is located near the main parking area.

The fall colors are slowly creeping into the Hudson Valley. Enjoy the spectacular views, grounds and trails at Wilderste...
09/30/2023

The fall colors are slowly creeping into the Hudson Valley.

Enjoy the spectacular views, grounds and trails at Wilderstein Historic Site. The grounds are open daily from 9-4.

In 1912 a clay tennis court was built at Wilderstein. The family were avid players and thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors. ...
09/27/2023

In 1912 a clay tennis court was built at Wilderstein. The family were avid players and thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors. You can still see the outline of the tennis court, not far from the porte cochere.

09/23/2023

Join us at the Wilderstein Carriage House

It’s a spectacular day at Wilderstein Historic Site!The mansion is open for tours today through Sunday from noon to 4. T...
09/21/2023

It’s a spectacular day at Wilderstein Historic Site!

The mansion is open for tours today through Sunday from noon to 4. The final tour of the day begins at 3pm.

We're excited about the future and possibilities for the Wilderstein Historic Site Carriage House.Please join us this Sa...
09/19/2023

We're excited about the future and possibilities for the Wilderstein Historic Site Carriage House.

Please join us this Saturday, September 23 from 1-4 to "Discover the Carriage House." The building will be open for tours and antique cars will be on display. Enjoy live music and seasonal refreshments.

Tickets are available online at wilderstein.org/calendar/ or call the Wilderstein office at 8450876-4818.

In the meantime, here's some interesting history on the Carriage House:

Designed in the Queen Anne style by Poughkeepsie architect Arnout Cannon, the first story of the Carriage House is constructed of brick ornamented with bands of rusticated brownstone. A large onion-shaped dome, the fanciful capping of one of the ventilators,
dominates the massive roof. The first floor was for horses with stables, a tack room, and carriage wash. On the second floor was a
hayloft and space to store sleighs in the summer and carriages in the winter. After the invention of the automobile, the Suckley family
used the Carriage House primarily as a garage for their many motorized vehicles.

If you’ve taken a boat ride on the Hudson River, perhaps you’ve seen this view of the Wilderstein Mansion. This lovely p...
09/16/2023

If you’ve taken a boat ride on the Hudson River, perhaps you’ve seen this view of the Wilderstein Mansion.

This lovely photo was taken by a visitor.

Discover The Carriage HouseThere is no denying the magic of Wilderstein’s Carriage House. When approaching the hidden cl...
09/13/2023

Discover The Carriage House

There is no denying the magic of Wilderstein’s Carriage House. When approaching the hidden clearing where this magnificent structure is sited, visitors lose their sense of time and place. As if the scene were taken from an Ivan Bilibin fairytale illustration, imaginations often run wild with childhood stories of princesses, macabre witches, and heroic knights from distant lands.

The Queen Anne structure draws you in with decorative gables, a large onion-shaped dome, brick and embellished rusticated brownstone bands, and unique architecture overtones.

The building was designed for horses to reside on the first level, and had a hayloft and storage space for sleighs and carriages on the second floor. It was once integral to the operation of the estate and included stables, a tack room, and carriage wash. After the automobile was invented, the Suckley family utilized the Carriage House largely as a garage for their numerous vehicles.

We are excited to be moving forward with the next phase of restoration work that will focus on replacing the roof and straightening the turret. This will bring us closer to the long-term goal of Wilderstein’s Carriage House becoming a visitor and education center to allow us to better serve the community!

To help raise the necessary funding, please attend the special “Discover The Carriage House” event on Saturday, September 23, from 1 to 4 pm. The building will be open for tours, antique cars will be on display, there will be live music, and seasonal refreshments will be served.

Donors to the project in any amount are invited to attend free of charge. Tickets to this event may also be purchased for $25 per person. To make a donation or purchase tickets, please visit our website www.wilderstein.org or call the Wilderstein Office at 845-876-4818.

This Week in Wilderstein HistoryAugust 1904: Henry Suckley, (Robert and Bessie's oldest surviving son) returns to the US...
08/19/2023

This Week in Wilderstein History

August 1904:

Henry Suckley, (Robert and Bessie's oldest surviving son) returns to the US from Europe to attend school at the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. It is Henry’s first time back in the US since he was 10 years old.

Younger brothers Robin and Arthur will join Henry at Exeter in 1905 and 1906 respectively.

This photograph from 1903 is of the Phillips Exeter Academy student body.

Join us on Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDTEnjoy an exclusive morning walking tour of the Village ...
08/17/2023

Join us on Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Enjoy an exclusive morning walking tour of the Village of Rhinebeck followed by a tour of the Wilderstein mansion.

Tickets $35. Please register online at Wilderstein.org/calendar/
or call the Wilderstein Office at 845-876-4818 for more information.

On this captivating walking tour through Rhinebeck's historic village streets, where tour guide Keith Mulhern tells the history, and the architecture tells the story of the town. To end your time travel, your guide will give you a tour of the beautiful Wilderstein Mansion.


Mulhern, a veteran of local historic preservation and presentation who has lectured for the D.A.R., schools, and at many local museum houses, will weave together the past and present, allowing you to discover hidden local gems like you have never seen before. After walking and good conversation, there is nothing like a cool pitcher of iced tea, cookies, and a cool breeze from the Hudson River on the veranda of Wilderstein! You will then begin your tour inside Wilderstein’s Mansion, which served as the Suckley family's residence for three generations, was constructed in the Italianate style for Thomas Suckley in 1852 and later renovated in the Queen Anne style by his son Robert.

This Week in Wilderstein HistoryAugust 5, 1890:Rutsen Suckley, Robert and Bessie’s first born child, dies after a brief ...
08/07/2023

This Week in Wilderstein History

August 5, 1890:

Rutsen Suckley, Robert and Bessie’s first born child, dies after a brief illness. He is just short of his fifth birthday. His belongings are carefully preserved by the family.

This studio portrait dated 1888-89 is of Elizabeth (Bessie) M. Suckley & her boys. She holds infant Robin in her right arm with her left arm around Henry; Rutsen stands at her right shoulder.

Best seat in the house! Perfect Hudson River view, shade and a breeze.
08/05/2023

Best seat in the house! Perfect Hudson River view, shade and a breeze.

Big thank you to The Daily Catch for your interest in the second floor restoration at Wilderstein and this wonderful art...
08/01/2023

Big thank you to The Daily Catch for your interest in the second floor restoration at Wilderstein and this wonderful article.

What’s upstairs? Can we see it? Why not? For those who visit Wilderstein, one of Rhinebeck’s historic house gems, those questions have been top of mind for years. For more than three decades, with its staircase cordoned off and inaccessible, the floors above the dining room, living room, library...

This Week in Wilderstein HistoryJuly 1888: The Wilderstein Carriage House is built. Arnout Cannon is the designer and Ro...
07/21/2023

This Week in Wilderstein History

July 1888:

The Wilderstein Carriage House is built.

Arnout Cannon is the designer and Robert A. Decker of Rhinebeck the contractor for the 10,000-square-foot carriage house.

Like the mansion, the carriage house is also in the popular Queen Anne style with lavish aesthetic movement decoration. In the early years, it is referred to simply as the “stable." When the family acquires their first automobile in 1906, it becomes the “garage.”

The carriage house is an amazing building architecturally with tremendous potential for supporting Wilderstein’s continued growth and ability to better serve the community.

Efforts are underway to raise funding for the second phase restoration work on the carriage house, moving us closer to the long-term plan of integrating it into the Wilderstein experience as a Visitor & Education Center.

This next phase is focused on replacing the roof, and will also include repairing and straightening the turret. There is urgency to do this because the roof is at the end of its lifespan and failing. If steps are not taken soon to replace it, prior work to save the carriage house will have been wasted.

Learn more about the Carriage House project online at https://wilderstein.org/carriage-house-campaign/

This photo was taken in 1912.

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