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Old Wildwood Dude Ranch Brewster, NY on Milltown Road

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Cindy Corna Beach

Sherburne, NY

#1 Apr 18, 2010
Is there anyone out there who remembers Wildwood Dude Ranch in Brewster, NY on Milltown Road? I lived there for several years from the age of 5(1967) to about 17 years old. During these years the ranch was deserted but still pretty much intact and oh what a place to grow up! I would love to hear from anyone with ANY knowledge or remembrances of this ranch operating or otherwise. Thank you!! I believe the property (know deserted and almost all buildings gone) might be owned by C.V. Starr????
Teri Soled-Harper

United States

#2 May 7, 2013
Cindy Corna Beach wrote:
Is there anyone out there who remembers Wildwood Dude Ranch in Brewster, NY on Milltown Road? I lived there for several years from the age of 5(1967) to about 17 years old. During these years the ranch was deserted but still pretty much intact and oh what a place to grow up! I would love to hear from anyone with ANY knowledge or remembrances of this ranch operating or otherwise. Thank you!! I believe the property (know deserted and almost all buildings gone) might be owned by C.V. Starr????
I don't know how my brother came across your post 3 years later, but I'm intrigued! I spent every summer at Wildwood as my grandfather owned the property before Mr. Starr bought it after the fire. Grandpa bought the property in about 1948 and built the bungalows and at first ran it as a family summer bungalow colony. He later leased it to Steinberg who ran it as a Dude ranch (for a time it was for single's only - what a hoot that was!!!!). Then the hotel caught fire around 1962 and burned. My grandad had great plans of rebuilding but suffered a stroke and it never happened. Unfortunately our family eventually sold it to Starr. Were you Jimmy's daughter? During my college years (late 60's - early 70's), my friends and I would come up and party in the "Steinberg" house. Jimmy always kept an eye on us to make sure things weren't getting out of hand.
Spending my summers there, riding, fishing, exploring, were some of my fondest memories.
My cousin and her husband even lived in bungalow 6 for a time.
Carl Marinaccio

Port Chester, NY

#3 Oct 6, 2013
Cindy Corna Beach wrote:
Is there anyone out there who remembers Wildwood Dude Ranch in Brewster, NY on Milltown Road? I lived there for several years from the age of 5(1967) to about 17 years old. During these years the ranch was deserted but still pretty much intact and oh what a place to grow up! I would love to hear from anyone with ANY knowledge or remembrances of this ranch operating or otherwise. Thank you!! I believe the property (know deserted and almost all buildings gone) might be owned by C.V. Starr????
That place was great growing up. I lived on mountain brook drive and remember your family. AIG took over the property and made it part of CV Starr land trust. Many of the old building foundations and brudges are still there. There is one remaining pump house deep in the woods that has fallen down. Betsy's pond was a favorite for my brothers and I. Love to catch turtles and snakes in there. Boy what trouble did I always get in for going back there. Lived the old outdoor pool and kiddie pool. Need more of these places. I believed it was built around 1917.
Teri Soled-Harper

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Nov 8, 2013
We used to boat on the pond all the time. I rowed and my brothers went after the frogs and snakes.

Loved the big and kiddie pools as well. What wonderful times those were!
Arlene Lane

United States

#5 Nov 15, 2013
I lived on Milltown Road in the early 70's up until 1978. We lived at the bottom of the road that Rex Stout's house was on. Does anyone remember the old hotel that was built next to what became Settlers Hill. The Milam family lived there, and Bucky could be heard playing his trumpet all summer long. I was friends with the Milam children, they were around my age. Ocean,Lena and Mason. That was the best place to grow up. It was the best years of my life. I hope when I did my spirit will live on in those fields and orchards of my childhood. So many great memories. I think I know of the place you are talking about.
Jim cocks

Sandy Hook, CT

#6 Dec 14, 2013
I remember it all the pond , the pool , the bungalows , mr milam playing his trumpet at our school and my dad always saying " that's where Rex Stout lives "
Hello Cindy
doug steinberg

Huntington Station, NY

#7 Oct 16, 2014
Cindy Corna Beach wrote:
Is there anyone out there who remembers Wildwood Dude Ranch in Brewster, NY on Milltown Road? I lived there for several years from the age of 5(1967) to about 17 years old. During these years the ranch was deserted but still pretty much intact and oh what a place to grow up! I would love to hear from anyone with ANY knowledge or remembrances of this ranch operating or otherwise. Thank you!! I believe the property (know deserted and almost all buildings gone) might be owned by C.V. Starr????
Hi Cindy,
Just happened to be talking to a old friend who asked about land in Brewster, NY and thought of the Dude Ranch, I am Susie and Al Steinbergs son..Douglas, I was just a baby when the place burned down, but I kinda remember..too bad, I would have loved to have kept that in the family, instead we moved to Kew Gardens and then out to Long Island..anyway, Susie is doing great and living in Florida and Al lives in the Pocono's with his second wife. If you want to get in touch with Susie let me know I will send you her email(she still has the best memory) LOL unlike Al.. Best, Douglas Steinberg
Cindy Corna Beach

Oxford, NY

#9 Mar 30, 2015
Teri Soled-Harper wrote:
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I don't know how my brother came across your post 3 years later, but I'm intrigued! I spent every summer at Wildwood as my grandfather owned the property before Mr. Starr bought it after the fire. Grandpa bought the property in about 1948 and built the bungalows and at first ran it as a family summer bungalow colony. He later leased it to Steinberg who ran it as a Dude ranch (for a time it was for single's only - what a hoot that was!!!!). Then the hotel caught fire around 1962 and burned. My grandad had great plans of rebuilding but suffered a stroke and it never happened. Unfortunately our family eventually sold it to Starr. Were you Jimmy's daughter? During my college years (late 60's - early 70's), my friends and I would come up and party in the "Steinberg" house. Jimmy always kept an eye on us to make sure things weren't getting out of hand.
Spending my summers there, riding, fishing, exploring, were some of my fondest memories.
My cousin and her husband even lived in bungalow 6 for a time.
Hi Teri,
I have tried several times to reply to this thread but it never seems to take. Let's hope this time works. I am SO glad you and the others below found this. Yes, I am Jimmy's daughter and I remember well you and your college friends coming in the Volkswagon bus to spend time at the Steinberg or ranch house as we called it. I remember a big fluffy sheepdog and you and your friends playing frisbee on the lawn. Us kids would get so excited when we saw you all pull in.
Thanks for the information . I so wish your grandfather could have known what a blessing it was for us to have found that house and property to live on. We had very little back then but having that property to scour and explore enriched our lives with so many memories and I am sure made the lack of material things much easier to bear.. I woud love to chat with you more sometime. Please feel free if you are on Facebook to friend me.I'm on as Cindy Beach(Corna) I have a few pictures posted of the old house and property. I now live in upstate NY in the western Catskill Mts. Hope to talk more soon.

Cindy Beach
Cindy Corna Beach

Oxford, NY

#10 Mar 30, 2015
Carl Marinaccio wrote:
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That place was great growing up. I lived on mountain brook drive and remember your family. AIG took over the property and made it part of CV Starr land trust. Many of the old building foundations and brudges are still there. There is one remaining pump house deep in the woods that has fallen down. Betsy's pond was a favorite for my brothers and I. Love to catch turtles and snakes in there. Boy what trouble did I always get in for going back there. Lived the old outdoor pool and kiddie pool. Need more of these places. I believed it was built around 1917.
Hi Carl,
I know we are friends on Facebook now but I felt bad about never replying here and wanted to make good on it. I tried and tried honestly many times but the replies never seemed to take.I hope this one does. Thank you for coming across this post and replying. My sister Betsy and I were down in Brewster in 2011 for my stepmother's funeral and drove up Mountain Brook Dr. and down Leona. Not much has changed really! On the way down, we spotted who we thought was your mom on the front lawn so we stopped to ask and sure enough it was her! She remembered us well and we talked for quite awhile. Mrs. Bucci came out and talked as well. It really was nice to catch up with them after 33 years! After we moved from Milltown when the property was sold we lived on Foggintown Rd. for awhile and then moved upstate to Franklin, NY in the western Catskills and have been here ever since.

Yes, it was a great place! We have such wonderful memories. Thanks Carl for sharing your memories!

Take care,

Cindy Beach(Corna)
Cindy Corna Beach

Oxford, NY

#12 Mar 30, 2015
Jim cocks wrote:
I remember it all the pond , the pool , the bungalows , mr milam playing his trumpet at our school and my dad always saying " that's where Rex Stout lives "
Hello Cindy
Hi Jim,

So good to hear from you! Thanks for replying to the post! So sorry it has taken me so long to respond here. I did see these replies sooner but had a hard time getting any replies to go through.

I remember my mom always saying the same about Rex Stout and thinking of him back then as some mystery man who never came out of his house way up there on the hill.I remember the time Mr. Milam came to the school and played his trumpet too! I seem to remember he was an artist as well but maybe I have him confused with someone else.

After we moved from Milltown we lived on Foggingtown for a year and then we moved upstate to Franklin, NY in the Catskills and I have been here ever since. I have been married to Dale for almost 28 years now and have two great kids, Dale , Jr., 25 and Brittany, 21.

I hope all is well with you Jim. Hope to talk more soon.

Take care,

Cindy
tsoledharper

Los Angeles, CA

#14 Mar 31, 2015
Hi all,
I don't know why I hadn't seen the previous posts, but sure glad I did now.
Cindy, you have a great memory! We'd have great weekend parties in the Steinberg house. I hope we didn't leave too much of a mess! Those were the days....
Doug - I remember your dad very well. He always seemed so gregarious, always smiling. I'm sorry to say that I don't remember your mom very well. What's even weirder is that I remember your dad's horse , who I think was named whirlwind. He always kept him in a separate stall from all the other horses. I used to spend much of my time in the stable area as I loved being around the horses. I even remember two of the hands, named Manny and Whitey. Funny, the things that stick in our memories.
Carl, I'm sorry I didn't get to know you back then. My grandfather, Abe Usherson, bought the place right after WWII and had the bungalows built shortly thereafter, as well as both pools. I was too young to remember when the original hotel was built or if it was already on the property when grandad bought the place. BTW, Leona road was named for my late Uncle Leon.
Great to read about everyone else's memories. Keep 'em coming.
Teri Soled
John Bucci

Brookline, MA

#15 Apr 1, 2015
I lived on the corner of Milltown Road and Mountain Brook Drive from 1969 until I left for college in 1982. I remember Mason Milam, who was in my class at school – quiet, artistic, and mysterious to me as a kid — as well as the Rex Stout house. Wildwood Dude Ranch was right on the other side of Mountain Brook from my house. Whenever my friends and I weren't playing baseball, we were usually exploring Wildwood's bungalows, unfinished hotel, pools, and other hidden treasures. Or we were sneaking into the Morefar Back O'Beyond private estate and golf course — where I later worked during a few summers home from college. Looking back, I was so fortunate to grow up in a neighborhood with such an interesting history, so much to explore, and so many kids around my age.
Jim cocks

Woodbury, CT

#16 Apr 1, 2015
Cindy Corna Beach wrote:
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Hi Jim,
So good to hear from you! Thanks for replying to the post! So sorry it has taken me so long to respond here. I did see these replies sooner but had a hard time getting any replies to go through.
I remember my mom always saying the same about Rex Stout and thinking of him back then as some mystery man who never came out of his house way up there on the hill.I remember the time Mr. Milam came to the school and played his trumpet too! I seem to remember he was an artist as well but maybe I have him confused with someone else.
After we moved from Milltown we lived on Foggingtown for a year and then we moved upstate to Franklin, NY in the Catskills and I have been here ever since. I have been married to Dale for almost 28 years now and have two great kids, Dale , Jr., 25 and Brittany, 21.
I hope all is well with you Jim. Hope to talk more soon.
Take care,
Cindy
hello Cindy
It's great to hear from you. I believe you are right about the art work also . I am divorced and living In brookfield ct with my 11 year old son . I would love to see you if you're ever in the neighbor hood again .
Take care
Jim
Susie Rosvally OMahoney

San Antonio, TX

#17 Apr 1, 2015
I lived next door to Cindy and across from Bucci family. This brings back so many memories! Hanging out on the estate property, Harry and Clayton painting the house, sledding down behind the Bucci's house. Being bit by Blacki the dog... Going fishing down Milltown Rd... I live in New Orleans now! but come up to Danbury to visit Harry.
Susie Rosvally OMahoney

San Antonio, TX

#18 Apr 1, 2015
Jim cocks wrote:
<quoted text>hello Cindy
It's great to hear from you. I believe you are right about the art work also . I am divorced and living In brookfield ct with my 11 year old son . I would love to see you if you're ever in the neighbor hood again .
Take care
Jim
I was friends with your sister Lisa. It really a small world to hear all of these names.
Debra Lunenfeld

New City, NY

#19 Apr 5, 2015
doug steinberg wrote:
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Hi Cindy,
Just happened to be talking to a old friend who asked about land in Brewster, NY and thought of the Dude Ranch, I am Susie and Al Steinbergs son..Douglas, I was just a baby when the place burned down, but I kinda remember..too bad, I would have loved to have kept that in the family, instead we moved to Kew Gardens and then out to Long Island..anyway, Susie is doing great and living in Florida and Al lives in the Pocono's with his second wife. If you want to get in touch with Susie let me know I will send you her email(she still has the best memory) LOL unlike Al.. Best, Douglas Steinberg
Hi there. My Dad was friendly with Al and Susie up until the 70s when they lost touch. Is there a way he can get in touch with one of them? He went to the Wildwood Ranch in the 50s.

Debra Lunenfeld
Cindy Corna Beach

Oxford, NY

#20 Apr 5, 2015
Debra Lunenfeld wrote:
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Hi there. My Dad was friendly with Al and Susie up until the 70s when they lost touch. Is there a way he can get in touch with one of them? He went to the Wildwood Ranch in the 50s.
Debra Lunenfeld
Hi Debra,

Thanks for writing. I believe I had written a reply to Doug asking for his mom's email address but it looks as if the reply didn't go through. I will try again and add what you sent. That's so great that your dad came to Wildwood Ranch! We would love if he might share with you some memories of the time he was at Wildwood to pass along here. Perhaps he has some old pictures as well? I will let you know if Doug contacts me unless he contacts the board here in general. Thanks again for popping in!
Cindy~
tsoledharper

Albuquerque, NM

#22 Apr 6, 2015
i have some old photos of Wildwood. Does anyone know if I can post them on this site and if so, how? Otherwise you can see them on my Facebook account (Teri Soled) under Wildwood Dude Ranch Back in the Day.
Cindy Corna Beach

Oxford, NY

#23 Apr 6, 2015
tsoledharper wrote:
i have some old photos of Wildwood. Does anyone know if I can post them on this site and if so, how? Otherwise you can see them on my Facebook account (Teri Soled) under Wildwood Dude Ranch Back in the Day.
Teri,
Oh my gosh! I just got in and sat down to browse Facebook and saw your pictures!!! They are just amazing!! Thank you so much for taking the time to post them! I don't know of a way to post them on here but I'll be sure and share them with the people I am friends with on Facebook who lived in the neighborhood. I remember the cabins and the big red house and much of the other things in the pictures. What exactly was that big red house used for back then? The pools are like I remember them and the big pond too. Is that you by the boat in the pond? Your grandfather called it Boggs Lake Estate , right? I mean before Steinbergs leased it and called it Wildwood Ranch. I can't tell you how thrilled I am by these pictures! I appreciate it more than I can say! Thank you SO much!!
tsoledharper

Albuquerque, NM

#24 Apr 7, 2015
Cindy Corna Beach wrote:
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Teri,
Oh my gosh! I just got in and sat down to browse Facebook and saw your pictures!!! They are just amazing!! Thank you so much for taking the time to post them! I don't know of a way to post them on here but I'll be sure and share them with the people I am friends with on Facebook who lived in the neighborhood. I remember the cabins and the big red house and much of the other things in the pictures. What exactly was that big red house used for back then? The pools are like I remember them and the big pond too. Is that you by the boat in the pond? Your grandfather called it Boggs Lake Estate , right? I mean before Steinbergs leased it and called it Wildwood Ranch. I can't tell you how thrilled I am by these pictures! I appreciate it more than I can say! Thank you SO much!!
Hi Cindy, I'm so glad you enjoyed the pics. You're right, and have a great memory - it was Boggs Lake Estates. The big red house was what we called the ranch house,. My family (Soled) lived in the left side while my grandparents (Usherson) lived in the right half. This was before the family bought the old Robinson house across the road.
I hope Doug Steinberg sees the pictures as I think his dad is in a couple of them. The couple in the boat are my cousin Arthur and his ex wife Carol. I may be able to come up with more photos and will let you know if I do. I meant to ask if your dad's still alive, please let him know that I remember him and he was so helpful to us hippies during those college parties.

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