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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Home

4097 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538
800 337 8474
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Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Hyde Park
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Visit FDR's 1826 home that remains almost exactly as it was at the time of the president's death in 1945, including the stables, icehouses, a walking... more » Owner description: Visit FDR's 1826 home that remains almost exactly as it was at the time of the president's death in 1945, including the stables, icehouses, a walking trail, and the graves of Franklin and Eleanor located in the Rose Garden. « less
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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

After viewing the recent documentary on the Roosevelts I found that being in the actual surroundings made it all come alive! So much history was made on these very grounds! The park guide was so informative. The house and surrounding grounds are very well kept. One disappointment was the view of the Hudson River which was obscured because of the... More

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Weston, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

The FDR home is a place for a collection of historical moments remembered through furnishings, photos, paintings, cartoons and decorative objects and collections. But it is the National Park Service guide who brings these objects and their owners to life and takes you back in time. Make sure you see the 20 minute intro. film at the welcome center prior... More

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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

I read "No Ordinary Time" before going to Hyde Park, New York, and this visit was almost like stepping into the pages of the book! The Springwood Home which Franklin shared with his mother Sara and his wife Eleanor is beautifully preserved. You can take pictures in the house, and because of the good lighting, you don't even need the... More

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IL
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

The Roosevelts were not overly opulent when it came to decorating their homes. It was interesting to see how the rooms were arranged between FDR, Eleanor, and Sara (FDR's mother)! Again, this is a ranger led tour so you must purchase tickets at the FDR Visitor Center. They will only allow a limited number of people on each tour, so... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We came late (and knew it) so we didn't get a tour of the house itself, but were pleased that the park allows access to the walking trails, around the house, the gorgeous views of the Hudson Valley, the gardens, etc. until dark. If you are taken by history itself, and you walk where presidents, and prime ministers, and other... More

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Hudson River Valley, New York
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I've visited this great historic estate several times during my childen's school field trips. And now I'm visiting to walk the Trails. It's awesome! No charge. Wear appropriate shoes. Bring a map with you from the Visitor Center. Nice Cafe with very reasonable prices. A real piece of History!

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Belle Mead
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

If you enjoy history, touring historical homes and stepping back in time, you might enjoy the hour-long tour of the Roosevelt Mansion which was a 1/4 mile walk from the Visitor Center (a tram ride can accommodate those whose mobility is compromised). The furnishings, books and artwork are original to the home. Both the downstairs and upstairs were open to... More

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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

"All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River" FDR. We visited this beautifully preserved site last month, and were absolutely thrilled. FDR gave the property to the United States on his death -- other additions bring it back to almost its original size -- and the house is exactly as it... More

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Miami, Florida, USA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We took this tour before the FDR Library/ Museum and were glad we did for our Guide's knowledge and enthusiasm made a huge difference.

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Washington DC
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16 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Clearly, the Roosevelts came from old money that they didn't like to spend on art or furnishings. There was not a single outstanding example of the Hudson River Valley school of painting. And of the many marine paintings, none was noteworthy. From a historical perspective, it is a mildly interesting house to tour. To be sure, it is nothing like... More

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