About Wethersfield

Our History

Wethersfield founder Chauncey Devereux Stillman (1907–1989) first experienced the beauty of Dutchess County as an equestrian. (The role of equestrian sport remains central to Wethersfield, which incorporates more than 20 miles of trails in and around the property for public enjoyment.)

In 1937, realizing the potential of the land, Stillman purchased two abandoned farms, and Wethersfield was born – based upon premises as timely then as they are today.

Wethersfield Today

These four pillars inform our efforts to serve our community – and beyond. We thank you for your sustaining support of Wethersfield Estate & Garden.


Wethersfield Estate & Garden looks to demonstrate the importance of both classical architecture and landscape architecture within the context of green space and public gardens.

In the expression of this mission-pillar we have had the honor to partner with like-minded organizations, such as the Institute for Classical Art & Architecture.


Wethersfield Estate & Garden looks to identify, teach, and cultivate the next generation of horticulturalists, and rising conservationist talents looking to develop innovative techniques for planning and growing a sustainable landscape in the 21ST century.

Cultural Arts

Wethersfield Estate & Garden looks to identify and support iconoclastic and visionary artists in multiple classical and neo-classical disciplines including dance, fine arts, and music by providing arts residencies and public performance and exhibition.

In service of this mission-pillar, we have the honor to partner with organizations such as BalletCollective, and The Knights.


As a result of the generosity of our donors, Wethersfield Estate & Garden creates meaningful and accessible opportunities for families in our rural community.

In expressing our commitment to this mission pillar, we have the honor to partner with organizations that share our values, such as the Dutchess Land Conservancy.