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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, Cultural
Owner description: Guided tours are available to Val-Kill, Mrs. Roosevelt's retreat from her public duties as First...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Serene setting, I can understand why this spot was chosen. Orientation film is followed by a guided tour. The interpreter is National Park Service and man, are they trained. Very well worth it - Mrs. Roosevelt entertained world leaders here but the place will surprise you with its simplicity. Wouldn't miss this for the world.

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Danville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

A very nice little area in which two cottages are contained. Nice little gift shop. Did not have time to tour the cottage. Ranger was very friendly.

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Los Angeles, California
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27 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Don't miss going to Val Kill to visit Eleanor Roosevelt's home. It was such a wonderful education to visit all the Roosevelt properties to learn so much about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. In addition to seeing Eleanor's house you will visit a second home that was occupied by Eleanor's two best friends. Eleanor spent much of life in the main... More 

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SEA
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27 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Like a lot of this area there are a lot of hiking trails in and around the historic sites. I'm jealous of those who live here with the easy access to all the walking trails. Her home is really cute and set on a pond and stream. For how near it is to NYC it is peaceful and rural. Highly... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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24 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

While the nearby FDR home, library and museum is much more extensive and elaborate, this was the small and quiet private home and getaway for Eleanor (FDR's wife). It's a charming home, filled with memories and history. The tour takes you through the house, explaining everything in the context of the time. Most furnishings are original. It was a relaxing... More 

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Cohoes, New York
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33 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We couldn't get tickets for house tour of Val-Kill (even though I tried to get tickets a week in advance), so we walked through the Stone Cottage. I asked the park ranger a question and she pointed me to a display that did not answer my question. Perhaps it was the end of a long and busy day. I have... More 

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Ocean County, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

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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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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69 helpful votes 69 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 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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