I have always been drawn to gilded age mansions which depict to me leisure in luxurious settings. Maybe thats why i love the romanic and victorian eras. Monsieur Fernweh and I spent friday in the Hudson Valley it is a painting come to life.
We went to FDR’s home and library and the smallest vanderbilt mansion both in hyde park. And our favorite restaurant in the world -mountain brauhaus in gardiner ny. The hyde park vanderbilt mansion was owned by Frederick W. and Louise Vanderbilt who had no children but isee the 50 rooms as if they wer camping. They cared deeply for their servents and gave them small fortunes in the will. This is louise’s Versailles inspired bedroom:
In the gilded age France was the height of sophistication interior design and fashion. This particular mansion is undergoing renovations and will be best viewed after summer 2017, fyi.
Learned so much about elenor roosevelt and sarah delano roosevelt, FDR’s mother. They women were ahead if their times serious liberal feminists and very kinds and really serviced the american people. Elanor had a kkk bounty on her head because of her civil rights work. She traveled alone and fed and comforted so many people. And sarah took care of the 5 grandchildren while maintaining her home (the FDR home was always his mothers and never his) and overseeing the family fortunes made from the opium trades in china. I really admire them and the dedication and strength it took to be them. FDR gave us the new deal which was part of social security, unemployment and government job regulations. The rooselvelts were hard workers, public servants with the pay to match. In the end FDR died in service to the american people. The vanderbilts worked hard and earned more money than the us treasury at one point. Then they spent it all. I love these colliding contrasts and that they are both in the same town. A great day trip if you are in ny!