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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 14 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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Ocean County, NJ
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I think the park service should do more to improve the landscape of the site. The inside reflected Eleanor's eclectic taste.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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97 reviews 97 reviews
53 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We were lucky to have a terrific Park Service guide. She really knew and beautifully represented Eleanor, with all her complexity and feistiness. Because her story is less-often told, the experience is fresher and more exciting than the more well known history of the FDR property two miles away. Make the effort to give Eleanor equal time.

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Arlington, Virginia
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54 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Of the 4 Roosevelt homes in Hyde Park, this is by far the most interesting and the one that really let's you feel like you know something about the person. Eleanor Roosevelt was an amazing person who did amazing things, but was a real human being. I was surprised at how casual her living here at Val-Kill was. She was... More

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Lake Forest, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Our guide, Doris Mack, made this experience very, very special. Ms. Mack actually knew Eleanor Roosevelt, so she was able to share personal stories of this amazing woman. Doris possesses such enthusiasm and knowledge about the Roosevelt family and this site. A very memorable tour.

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Grayson, Georgia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

It was fascinating to see just how different Eleanor Roosevelt's cottage was from Springwood, the home of FDR's family. It's surprising to see just how tacky the cottage is by modern architectural standards but there's a certain integrity to how the cottage fits in with Eleanor's informal, no-nonsense personal style. You can easily imagine her meeting with JFK and MLK... More

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Dallas, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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104 reviews 104 reviews
58 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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