1986 - THE FIRST TRUE RESTORATION WORK BEGINS

The work on the mansion’s six chimneys was the first true restoration project at Wilderstein (as opposed to emergency repairs) and was the first step in a multi-year effort to make the main house watertight.

Board president Wint Aldridge took stock of Wilderstein’s recent accomplishments: “At this writing the chimneys on the main house are under contract to be stabilized, the Vaux trails are being re-established by volunteers from the Appalachian Mountain Club, we now have tenants at the Lodge, the immense American Linden on the east lawn is in fragrant bloom, and our gentle patron, Miss Suckley is serving tea—as always.”