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Visit the Decorated Great Estates in Dutchess this Holiday Season

Publish Date: 2019-11-06

There isn’t a more festive time of year to visit Dutchess County’s Great Estates. Experience the magic of the holidays during the Revolutionary War, the Gilded Age, and even the World War II era.

Clermont State Historic Site

Dec. 7 – Dec. 22, Open Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00am-3:00pm (last tour 3:00pm)

Clermont Special Holiday Events:

Sat. and Sun., Dec. 7 and 8: A Child’s Christmas from 10:00-12:00pm

Sun., Dec. 15: Candlelight Tours of Clermont from 3:00-6:00pm

Sat., Dec. 21: Christmas at Clermont Open House from 11:00am-4:00pm

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site

Dec. 2 – Dec. 31, Open Everyday, Tours at 9:30am, 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Closed Christmas Day.

Sat., Dec. 14 is a Fee Free Day

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

FDR Presidential Library and Museum Special Holiday Event:

Sat., Dec. 14: Children's Reading Festival, Photos with Santa and Holiday Cards for Troops at the Wallace Center from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

Dec. 3 – Dec. 31, Open Thursdays – Mondays, Tours at 1:00pm and 3:00pm.

Sat., Dec. 14 is a Fee Free Day

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

Nov. 29 - Dec. 31, Open Everyday, Tours at 12:00pm and 4:00pm and when available at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Closed Christmas Day.

Sun., Dec. 8 is a Fee Free Day

Locust Grove Estate

Nov. 29 – Dec. 31, Open Saturdays and Sundays. Tours at 10:15am, 11 :30am, 12:45am, 2:00pm, 3:15pm

Also open Thurs. Nov. 29, Thurs. Dec. 26, Fri. Dec. 27, Mon. Dec. 30, Tues. Dec. 31. Tours at 10:15am, 11 :30am, 12:45am, 2:00pm, 3:15pm

Locust Grove Special Holiday Events:

Sun., Dec. 1, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15: Holiday House Hunt for Kids from 12:00pm-4:00pm

Mount Gulian Historic Site

Wed., Dec. 18 and Thurs., Dec. 19 with tours at 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm

Mount Gulian Special Holiday Events:

Sun, Dec. 15: Special Holiday Tour at Mount Gulian from 3:00pm-6:00pm

Monday, Dec. 30: Children's Holiday Tea at Mount Gulian from 12:00pm-2:00pm

Staatsburgh State Historic Site

Nov. 29 – Dec. 29, Open Thursdays through Sundays from 11:00am-3:00pm (last tour 2:30pm)

Staatsburgh Special Holiday Events:

Fri., Dec. 6: Crafty Christmas Preparation! from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Sat., Dec. 14: Holiday Craft Workshop – Make a Christmas Cracker from 10:30am-12:00pm

Fri., Dec. 20: Evening Hours at the Mansion from 5:00pm-8:00pm

Wilderstein Historic Site

Nov. 29 – Dec. 29, Open Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Also open Fri., Nov. 29.

Wilderstein Special Holiday Event:

Sat., Dec. 14: Yultide Tea at 1:00pm

Interested in visiting these historical sites regardless of season? The Great Estates Pass gives you discounted access to all of the sites above and is valid May through December in the year it is purchased. Available for purchase online at dutchesstourism.com/estatespass.

More Historical Sites at Christmas

Brinckerhoff House Historic Site

Sun., Dec. 8: East Fishkill Historical Society Annual Christmas Open House from 1:00pm-4:00pm

Sat., Dec. 14: East Fishkill Historical Society 3rd Annual Holiday Tea from 1:00pm-4:00pm

The Elmendorph Inn

Sun., Dec. 8: Elmendorph Holiday Open House from 1:00pm-4:00pm

Mesier Homestead & Museum

Dec. 10 – Dec. 19, Open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 11:00am-1:00pm

Mesier Homestead Special Holiday Events:

Sat., Dec. 7: Village of Wappingers Falls Holiday House Tour from 4:00pm-7:00pm

Van Wyck Homestead Museum

Sat., Dec. 28: Holiday Open House at 6:30pm

*To the best of our knowledge, this information is correct as of publish date*

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