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Address: 54 Valkill Park Road -- Route 9G, Hyde Park, NY 12538
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The home of Eleanor Roosevelt that is located on the Roosevelt estate and...

The home of Eleanor Roosevelt that is located on the Roosevelt estate and is open to the public.

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It amazes how few who live here go to/know about Val-Kill. Eleanor Roosevelt was an amazing woman under appreciated by much of the public. The grounds/ trails are great for hikes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Hyde Park, New York
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Hyde Park, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It amazes how few who live here go to/know about Val-Kill. Eleanor Roosevelt was an amazing woman under appreciated by much of the public. The grounds/ trails are great for hikes. Take our dog here year round.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Make sure if you want to see this that you check the website or call to make sure that it is open to the public. Normally it is only open in the summer months.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

After discovering her husband's affair with Lucy a mercer, ER's social secretary, Eleanor longed for a home of her own. She always felt Springwood, where FDR was born, her mother-in-law's domain. The family would often picnic on the grounds of Val-Kill, so Franklin suggested building a cottage for her own personal use. Thankfully, a grassroots's campaign sprung up when a... More 

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Mt. Arlington, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Of course we couldn't skip Eleanor's little home away from home on our visit to Hyde Park. It was interesting to see how modest her accommodations were yet how fulfilling and relaxing it must have been to stay here. There are so many little details to see like the many gifts from her fans to her registry of Christmas gifts... More 

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Oakland, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

That Eleanor's bedroom was separated from Franklin D.'s with his mom's room in-between them says it all: "Awkward." But from our touring of the rich and famous mansions like in Newport, R.I. the wealthy liked their separation even to the extent of having separate "his" and "hers" wings. But think F.D.R. and Eleanor made the best of it, becoming influential... More 

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Montville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

It's the photographs, the history of events, the personal objects that make a house a home. Val-Kill was Anna Eleanor Roosevelt's home and a clear reflection of who she was. Brought to life by knowledgeable docents, the 45 minute tour leaves you with an intimate and complete portrait of Eleanor. From her furnishing choices to a long list of world... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

The tour is guided by a Park Ranger. Our guide was very knowledgeable of Eleanor. You could tell she was a great admirer of her. The house is charming and a must to visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Low ceilings, frumpy art, and mismatched furnishings. A power couple's lifestyle. Considering the leaders that came here, it shows poorly as a residence of the American Caesar's wife. Tour guide engaged visitors in an interesting discussion of the times.

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Lancaster
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

This was our first visit to Hyde Park and we toured FDR's house, the Vanderbilt's house, and Val-Kill, Eleanor's home. Val-Kill was by far my favorite--very relaxing and comfortable. We enjoyed the short movie we saw before the tour. Our guide was quite good. I especially enjoyed learning about the furniture that had been made on site. We had reservation,... More 

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Medford, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Visit here after a tour of the main house. Great tour led by a very knowledgeable and personable NPS guide. Historical events have taken place here. Even a republican can enjoy the place.

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