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Near Rhinebeck in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Wilderstein's Boathouse

 
 
Wilderstein's Boathouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Deb Hartshorn, September 4, 2010
1. Wilderstein's Boathouse Marker
Inscription. You are looking at the site of Wilderstein's boathouse (pictured above) and the Ellerslie dock (formerly Lewis Landing) owned by Governor Morton. In 1888 Arnout Cannon Jr., an architect from Poughkeepsie, NY, designed the boathouse for Robert Suckley's fleet. It was located on a small parcel of land west of the railroad tracks and just south of the Ellerslie dock. The boathouse was rectangular in shape with the slip opening toward the south. Stairs at the side of the slip led to the main floor, an open loft with a dressing room in one corner. Although the boathouse burned in 1937, the deep water port and foundation remain. The foundations of the dockmaster's house for the Ellerslie dock and the remains of the old stone road that once connected Morton Road to Lewis Landing can be seen from the trail as well.

Iceboating drew Robert Suckley from New York City to Wilderstein during the winter months. He had a standing order with the telegraph operator in Rhinecliffe to wire him whenever other boats were out so he could catch the next train from the city. Robert owned two ice yachts named Grace and Dombey.
 
Location. 41° 53.605′ N, 73° 56.722′ W. Marker is near Rhinebeck, New York, in Dutchess County. Marker can be reached from County Road 85, on
View of the Hudson River From the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Deb Hartshorn, September 4, 2010
2. View of the Hudson River From the Marker
the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is found on the hiking trail at Wilderstein. Marker is in this post office area: Rhinebeck NY 12572, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wilderstein (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mary Powell Bell (approx. 2.5 miles away); Sections of the “Old Stone Road” (approx. 2.5 miles away); Louis Caterino (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Delaware and Hudson Canal (approx. 2.6 miles away); 20th New York State Militia (approx. 2.6 miles away); Island Dock (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Rondout Creek Suspension Bridge (approx. 2.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 611 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Wide area view of the marker and its surroundings. • Pictures of the foundation ruins of the dockmaster's house and remains of old stone road as mentioned in marker text. • Can you help?
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