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Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

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Address: 54 Valkill Park Road - Route 9G, Hyde Park, NY 12538
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Guided tours are available to Val-Kill, Mrs. Roosevelt's retreat from her...

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.

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My top three all-time favorite history places

What can I say?! Every time I visit this place I get goosebumps! The national park ranger staff are so knowledgeable, so engaging and so hospitable, you feel like they're... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
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Noblesville, Indiana
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The entire homestead is so lovely, but Eleanor had a knack for everything simplistic looking beautiful. Enjoy!

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Noblesville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What can I say?! Every time I visit this place I get goosebumps! The national park ranger staff are so knowledgeable, so engaging and so hospitable, you feel like they're family. I just enjoy stepping back in time to understand how someone lived who was seemingly superhuman but in fact was vulnerable lovable courageous and very real. Although FDR is... More 

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Clifton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Our ranger Mike was great - very informative and entertaining as well. Great introductory film to give a little history to the cottage. Very well done!

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cheshire,connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

The inexpensive tour ( I believe $2.50) started with a short film about Eleanor. We were then given a tour of the site. Worthwhile, interesting visit.

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milwaukee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

First let me say that if I could spend a few moments with anyone, it would be Eleanor R and finally visiting the place where she felt most at home was a rewarding experience. Val Kill truly reflects Eleanor's indomitable spirit. The home is not opulent, but quiet, and unassuming yet warmly inviting. One wonders what world leaders such as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

Combined all 3 locations and the library for a wonderful 20 th century history lesson. Highly recommend seeing all the sites. Fascinating people who accomplished so much.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

Great place to visit and walk around w family. Nice trails and view of US history. Also close to walking or bike trails and great restaurants.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

The Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site is a very interesting, informative, inspiring outing. What a privilege to see the home of the United States' most active and influential First Lady.

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

We stopped here after doing the FDR historical site and it provided insight into ER. The guides were wonderful, eager to share their knowledge and able to paint a picture of the First Lady. So glad that we went. The grounds were beautiful as well.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Our wonderful guide Donna described Eleanor's decorating style as eclectic. It is so plain and simple and uninspiring that I was left with an even greater admiration for ER. If you are interested in the Roosevelts and their mark on the world this sight gives you a closer feel for their spirit and the circle of world leaders who visited.... More 

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