Wyndcliffe, home of EW’s aunt Elizabeth Schermerhorn Jones (of “keeping up with the Joneses”), for sale


From Atlas Obscura:

Wyndclyffe, a mansion in Rhinebeck, New York, which is about 100 miles north of New York City, has been in bad shape for decades, ever since it was abandoned in the 1950s after a series of owners couldn’t afford to maintain it.

Owing to its size, it’s not hard to see why: 24 rooms on 80 acres, a pre-Civil War manor house that preceded the Gilded Age, when many such mansions were routinely built, that later fell into disrepair.

But Wyndclyffe (also spelled Wyndcliffe) has a more colorful history than most. The American novelist Edith Wharton spent time there as a child, for one thing, and it’s also is believed to have inspired the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses,” after its original owner, Elizabeth Schermerhorn Jones, a New York socialite.

More at http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/nab-the-abandoned-mansion-that-inspired-the-phrase-keeping-up-with-the-joneses

Image and more text at http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/wyndcliffe-mansion

Image below and another article available at the Wall Street Journal: http://www.wsj.com/articles/faded-mansion-evokes-opulence-of-a-bygone-age-1473895594