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Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

54 Valkill Park Road - Route 9G, Hyde Park, NY 12538
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Ranked #7 of 15 Attractions in Hyde Park
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Guided tours are available to Val-Kill, Mrs. Roosevelt's retreat from her public duties as First Lady, and the grounds, which include gardens,... more » Owner description: Guided tours are available to Val-Kill, Mrs. Roosevelt's retreat from her public duties as First Lady, and the grounds, which include gardens, outbuildings, woodland trails and a pond. « less
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Dallas, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This site is a few miles from the much larger FDR home and quite a contrast. Eleanor's home is a reflection of her unpretentious approach to life. It is a converted factory, which has an interesting history. There is also a small cottage which Eleanor had shared with two co-owners. If you are visiting the mansions of the Hudson valley,... More

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Pekin, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Eleanor Roossevelt's house gives a good understanding of this remarkable woman. The house tour was fascinating especially seeing her personal pictures with various historically important people. She lived simply and her house was converted from the furniture factory she established to give work to local people.

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Ashburn, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is in a beautiful setting, and Eleanor's home and the stone cottage are in perfect condition. Her home is decorated as if she just stepped out a few minutes ago. Very well done. If Eleanor is of particular interest to you, then I think you'd give it four or five stars. I have nothing negative to say about it... More

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Olathe, Kansas
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The more I learned about Eleanor Roosevelt the more I wanted to know. Born a Roosevelt and dying a Roosevelt she may have well been one of the most interesting of the lot with the possible exception of her Uncle Teddy. She was a remarkable and fascinating women who did all she could for others and put their needs first.... More

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Are you a feminist? Lover of all things ER? Between this and the FDR, you may be inspired to run for office or start a revolution. NPS Ranger Tom (?) Was a true gem and ER lover. That may not be his nams, but he's young w a beard.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It was very interesting to see her private residence and hear a great deal I never knew about her before. The guide was very knowledgeable about her subject and was a very nice lady. Be advised that there are shuttles to take you there from the FDR Visitor center. Also, the address on the official brochures is for FDR 's... More

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Union, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Eleanor and FDR do not seem to have been a close couple. This was her hide-away where she could avoid the many people at the mansion . . . . . not the least of whom was FDR's mother.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The guide was helpful and informative. However, we were not allowed up stairs on this visit. The movies of Eleanor were not functioning. The preliminary movie was excellent. The grounds were beautiful. I sat outside for a moment and a park ranger came and talked with me. Very friendly. Ranger Bob was a hoot

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Washington Township, New Jersey
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

After everything I read, I still don't understand the relationship between Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt. Franklin had Val-Kill built for Eleanor so that her female friends had a place to stay. She later had a separate building constructed initially for training locals on furniture construction. Eventually, she converted it into a home for herself. The history is all there and... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We really enjoyed our tour at Val-Kill Cottage and the small museum at the Site. Wonderful, informative tour guide. Highly recommend if you would like to learn more about one of our most active First Ladies.

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