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Wethersfield Estate & Garden

Amenia (Dutchess County)

Why we love it

A real hidden gem in the middle of nowhere, the superbly maintained home of noted philanthropist Chauncey Stillman offers visitors a glimpse of breathtaking natural beauty in many guises — in a 3-acre formal garden (described as “the finest classical garden in the United States built in the second half of the twentieth century”), a 7-acre wilderness garden studded with interesting sculptures and 10 miles of woodland trails for hiking or horseback riding. 


For a more in-depth look at Stillman’s life and interests, take a guided tour of his fascinating home and carriage house.

More to explore

Wine aficionados won’t want to miss a tour and tasting at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, not far away.


  • 10 acres of superb gardens
  • 10 miles of hiking trails

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