I often scour the local Facebook pages in my area to see what’s up and coming in the way of free events. My interest hasn’t failed me yet as I stumbled upon this free Jazz Concert sponsored this past Sunday on the grounds of the Wilderstein Mansion (click here).
The history of Wilderstein begins with Thomas Suckley and his wife Catherine Murray Bowne, who sought a location for their country home endowed with striking natural features. The landscape setting at Wilderstein fulfilled this criteria by virtue of its varied terrain and scenic views of the Hudson River and distant mountains. The estate was named “Wilderstein” (wild man’s stone) a reminder of the cultural heritage that preceded European settlement of the region.
The last resident of Wilderstein was Margaret (Daisy) Suckley. A distant cousin and confidante of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Miss Suckley traveled extensively with FDR during his presidency, gave him his famous black Scottish terrier Fala and helped to establish his library in Hyde Park. Miss Suckley was with FDR when he was fatally stricken at Warm Springs, Georgia in 1945. She died at Wilderstein in 1991, in her 100th year. The letters they exchanged, which were discovered in a black battered suitcase at Wilderstein, provide one of the best resources for understanding the private side of Roosevelt’s life during this period.
Here’s just a sample of some of the great music the quartet performed this beautiful, sunny, fall day on the great Wilderstein lawn: