Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wethersfield Classical Gardens

Today we have an agenda of three places to see:  Wethersfield Classical Gardens, The Kaatskill Kaleidoscope and we plan on walking on the Walkway over the Hudson if we have time before it closes.

Our first stop was Wethersfield which opened at noon today for a self-guided tour of the classical gardens.  Wethersfield  is located in Amenia, New York and was originally the country estate of Chauncey Devereux Stillman.  The property was originally a dairy farm and he named it Wethersfield after Wethersfield, Connecticut, where his ancestors had settled in the late 1600s.

The House and Gardens are situated at an elevation of 1,200 feet, the highest point in the region, which provides panoramic views of the Catskills to the west and the Berkshires to the north.   It is a gorgeous view as you can see.

 The above is a map of the classical gardens

 This is where we entered the garden

Naiad Fountain

This is the back of the home.  You can tour the home on the weekend but we have seen so many mansions this trip that we decided just to opt for the gardens.

 Nice Greenhouse

When we were on a walk last week, I said something to Lee about the fact that I've never seen a frog on a lily pad before.  They are always sitting on the side of the pond or whatever.  Then today there were several sitting on the lily pads.

This is the view of the home from the carriage road.  Guests would use this entrance.

 This is the Peacock Walk

 Probably because of the Peacock Cage along the walkway

One of the peacocks was outside the cage but he spent a lot of time discussing this with the other peacocks on the inside! 

We met another couple from the area and we traded taking pictures with them.

Lee thought this monument needed a statue 
in the middle so I was it!

 What a beautiful garden and it was also a glorious day!

We wandered throughout the gardens until we were pretty well starved and we went in search of lunch.  We had lunch in Uncle Sonny's Cafe in Stanfordville, NY.  We both had burgers and they were very good.

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