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Val-Kill Cottage

54 Valkill Park Road -- Route 9G, Hyde Park, NY 12538
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Ranked #6 of 15 attractions in Hyde Park
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The home of Eleanor Roosevelt that is located on the Roosevelt estate and is open to the public.
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English first
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

So much history and very informative tour guide. Excellent gift shop with lots of books and trinkets. Elenore was a true leader of her time. Worth the drive

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Union, New Jersey
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249 reviews 249 reviews
91 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I suggest driving to Val-Kill instead of hiking the trail between there and the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site unless you are used to hiking a rough trail. What was striking to me at both locations was the absolute lack of any sign of Presidential security. . . . Those were different days.

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Lafayette, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

It was fascinating to see Eleanor's home. Park Department was quite honest about opinions of the day regarding this first lady and the reasons for building this cottage.

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Stoneham, Massachusetts
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212 reviews 212 reviews
93 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill cottage is a couple of miles from FDR's boyhood home. You can drive there. There is plenty of free parking. There is also a free shuttle that you can get at the visitor's center of the FDR house. The shuttle drops you off at the Val-Kill parking lot. It is a delightful short walk (past a pond... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

Val-Kill was on our agenda as we visited the Hyde Park area. This is time well spent, we took the tour and really enjoyed the Park Ranger who led us through the the residence. He was so knowledgable. Also, if you are over 65 get a Senior Access Pass, your admission will be free. We use ours for access to... More

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Whitman, Massachusetts, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I wasn't aware of Val-Kill Cottage until I was visiting Hyde Park to tour the Roosevelt Library. I had some extra time so I decided to visit Val-Kill and was so very happy that I did. The guide was excellent and I learned so many new facts about Eleanor Roosevelt. I admire her even more now! Just try to visit... More

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San Francisco
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89 reviews 89 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Eleanor Roosevelt needed an escape from FDR and build a place to call her own: Val-Kill. A great little house where she managed to escape and live for a long time. A nice place to visit, about 2 miles from FDR's home and away from the main road. Nice to do the tour and get some background information on this... More

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Palenville, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Recently I did a tour of the Val-Kill property with my wife (Toni) and Son (Kenneth) and his partner (Michael). It was a pleasant sunny day so the weather did help a bit but I found the tour to be even better than the last time I went. It is very informative and gives one a very different perspective on... More

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Canton, Connecticut
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60 reviews 60 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Val-Kill certainly paints an in-depth behind the scenes portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt. It provides a glimpse into her private life that many people do not know about.

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Rochester NY area
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310 reviews 310 reviews
169 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

just love visiting here and investigating new stories about Eleanor Roosevelt and her life...truly, as we have had the tour three times now; it's been with three different NPS staff; and each, gives us new insights as to who she was and her skills, interests and talents... Even on the rainy days, it is "cool" to imagine being a guest... More

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