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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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Description: 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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Plain, simple, powerful

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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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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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We started the tour with a 15 min video which was a brief summary of Eleanor's life. Our park ranger was very knowledgeable and was eager to share the home as well as the history. A must visit!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

Learned more about this site from the NPS brochure. Staff was behind the counter but didn't seem as though thete were interested in helping. Quaint cottage and beautiful grounds.

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This seemed to us to be the perfect place for Eleanor Roosevelt to repair to when the energy at the main house became too hectic. It looks like a very nice person retreated to and then lived here.

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Towson, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We had already seen the Roosevelt family home and the Vanderbilt's on a previous trip so we went to Val-Kill this time. The Ranger tour plus movie made it very worthwhile to learn about her life. The tour is fairly short but makes you want to know more about this remarkable woman who was ahead of her time.

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East Setauket NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

On beautifully kept grounds in a lovely setting, visitors can garner insights into the life of a truly remarkable woman. The brief film and the 45-minute tour are essential to gain an understanding of the motivations that elevated Eleanor Roosevelt to her role as first among First Ladies. One may be familiar with her many accomplishments and achievements, but this... More 

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Maplewood, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

A short video and tour of the cottage offer perspective into Eleanor's personality and life. Site includes large grounds with trails for walking. Small tours fill fast. Reservations recommended, especially if traveling from a distance. Guides and park staff were really friendly and knowledgeable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This lovely cottage and grounds is where Eleanor blossomed, relaxing with friends and family. this was her retreat and a treat to visit. take the ranger led tour and learn about this remarkable lady

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High Point, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

First, make a reservation for one of the available Ranger tours. It's the only way to see Val-Kill Cottage. After living in her mother-in-law's house (the FDR Home), it's illuminating to see how simply Eleanor chose to live. She had a passion for supporting the civil rights of all Americans, and expressed that here with the creation of Val-Kill Industries... More 

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Norman, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

You must see Eleanor's house to fully appreciate the honor and nobility of this remarkable human being. She redefined the office of First Lady and her life of service continued far beyond her years as the wife of FDR. I am glad we went and took the tour of the house because as you tour the house, you learn so... More 

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