Wyndcliffe, Rhinebeck, New York

George Veitch, 1853

The last people to live in Wyndcliffe fled over 50 years ago.

The castle was built by Edith Wharton’s aunt. Edith thought that it was gloomy and pretentious, and she accused her aunt of building this Gotho-Norman castle just to compete with the wealthy Jones family, who had built another mansion along the Hudson River nearby. Edith coined the phrase “Keeping up with the Joneses” to describe Wyndcliffe.

Library of Congress, Historic American Buildings Survey