Stillman with youngest grandchild, Peter Budnik

Chauncey Devereux Stillman (1907–1989), whose grandfather founded what eventually became Citibank, was a director of the Freeport Minerals Company and served in the Navy during World War II.

 

Mr. Stillman was a passionate horseman and he first experienced the rural beauty of Dutchess County while riding with the Millbrook Hunt. During his many rides, he was struck by the beautiful rolling hills and dramatic views. In 1937, realizing the potential of the land, he purchased two abandoned farms comprising several hundred acres. Mr. Stillman named the property Wethersfield in a tribute to Wethersfield, Connecticut, where his family first settled in America in 1705. As land became available, the estate expanded to its current size.

The Wethersfield Estate was constructed and refined over 50 years by Chauncey Stillman's careful eye as a place of personal retreat, agricultural experimentation, cultural enrichment, and scholarly conviviality. An avid art collector, horseman, garden enthusiast, and conservationist, Mr. Stillman combined all these interests when designing and constructing his estate. 

Mr. Stillman converted to Catholicism in the early 1950's and played a key role in nurturing Catholic intellectual life and culture in the United States. He founded the Wethersfield Institute in order to promote a clear understanding of Catholic teaching and practice and to explore the cultural and intellectual dimensions of the Catholic faith.

In 2017, a 501(c)3 organization known as Friends of Wethersfield was formed to raise funds to assist in beautification projects for the estate. 

When Chauncey Stillman died in 1989, the Wethersfield Foundation (originally called the Homeland Foundation) was charged with carrying on his intentions. 

In keeping with this mission and the wishes of our founder, we maintain the estate’s facilities and grounds for public visitors and community use.

 

The Mission of Wethersfield Foundation, Inc., is to preserve and promote the Wethersfield Estate, and share with the public Chauncey Stillman’s stewardship of land, art, and Christian culture, in his creation of Wethersfield Estate. His vision for Wethersfield Estate includes:

  • Beauty as embodied by the house and garden at Wethersfield, and by the arts

  • ​​Land stewardship and habitat protection

  • ​​Catholic intellectual activities, including through the Wethersfield Institute

 

Staff

Chief Financial Officer

Joyce Cafaro

Garden Educator

Marina Ferreri

Program Director

Matthew Speer

Grounds Maintenance

Robert Cheney

Arborist

Michael Harvey

Director of Horticulture

Toshi Yano

Maintenance Manager

Chris Ferreri

Head Groundskeeper

Kevin Malloy

Stable and Grounds Maintenance

Joseph Parditka

Board of Directors

Theodora S. Budnik is the youngest daughter of Chauncey Stillman. She is a retired surgeon, mother of two, grandmother of ten, and Dame of the Order of Malta.  She and her husband of almost 50 years reside in Dutchess County, NY.

Board Chairman

Theodora Budnik

Farnham Collins

Treasurer,  Wethersfield Foundation

Theodora (Tara) Shafer

Vice Chairman & Secretary, Wethersfield Foundation

Soohyoung Kim

Director, Wethersfield Foundation

​Stanley Stillman

Director, Wethersfield Foundation

Nancy Hathaway

Director, Wethersfield Foundation

George T. Whalen IV

Director, Wethersfield Foundation

 

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THE INSTITUTE

The Wethersfield Institute for Catholic Thought provides cultural, spiritual, and intellectual programs through the generosity and support of people like you.

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Wethersfield is privately maintained by the Wethersfield Foundation, and relies on your generosity and support to conserve the estate and make its gardens and grounds available for public use.

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With a focus on restoration, Friends of Wethersfield funds conservation projects that maintain the estate, gardens, and grounds in accordance with their original aesthetic splendor.

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The Wethersfield Institute provides  cultural, spiritual, and intellectual programs through the generosity and support of people like you.

Wethersfield is privately maintained by the Wethersfield Foundation, and relies on your generosity and support to conserve the estate and make its gardens and grounds available for public use.

With a focus on restoration, Friends of Wethersfield funds conservation projects that maintain the estate, gardens, and grounds in accordance with their original aesthetic splendor.

The garden and trails are closed for the season.  

257 Pugsley Hill Rd., Amenia, NY 12501

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