High tea, landscaping days, art exhibit are set at Wilderstein

Several events are scheduled at the Wilderstein Historic Site in Rhinebeck.



– At 1 p.m. Saturday, Wilderstein will host a “Daffodil High Tea” at its Gate Lodge. Sandwiches as well as tea will be served at this Victorian-style event. The lodge features a fireplace and windows overlooking meadows full of daffodils.



– At at 8:30 a.m. April 19 and June 14, the site will host “Landscape Days,” geared toward anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors and wants to help prepare the site’s gardens for the new season. Refreshments will be served.



– At 4:30 p.m. April 26, there will be a preview party at Wilderstein for the exhibit “Art Of, For & By Women.”



The display includes professionally painted portraits of the estate’s women as well as portraits done by aspiring painters in the Suckley family. There are wedding gifts, silver pieces dating to the 1700s and Chippendale chairs.



Steeped in history, Wilderstein was bought in 1852 by businessman Thomas Holy Suckley who added a meadow to the parcel, bringing the lot to 40 acres. The primary residence was renovated a few times over the years and has 14 bedrooms, six bathrooms, 35 closets, seven fireplaces and about 14,000 square feet. The home’s last resident was Margaret Suckley, a cousin and confidante of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.



The site will be open for tours noon to 4 p.m. from May 1 through Oct. 31, Thursday through Sunday.

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