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Val-Kill Cottage

Address: 54 Valkill Park Road -- Route 9G, Hyde Park, NY 12538
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Ranked #4 of 14 Attractions in Hyde Park
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The home of Eleanor Roosevelt that is located on the Roosevelt estate and is open to the public.
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The home of Eleanor Roosevelt that is located on the Roosevelt estate and is open to the public.

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Pembroke, New Hampshire
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92 reviews 92 reviews
50 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed visiting here. The tour was informative and interesting. The grounds were lovely in the autumn,

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northern california
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66 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

A wonderful tour of the house used by Eleanor Roosevelt from the time of FDR's death to her death in 1962. Many of the items in the house are original, and the guide was excellent in giving us the history of this amazing woman. We had the great fortune of being on the tour with a woman who actually lived... More 

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

Again, National Park Service does a wonderful job in helping us learn more about Eleanor Roosevelt, her daily routine here, whom she entertained here, and her influence on national and international policy. Fun fun fun. The tour begins with a brief film and then onto her cottage, you go. Amazing the number of world leaders who visited her in her... More 

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Fishersville, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyable tour. Our guide seemed to be well-informed and well-spoken. We loved seeing the comfortable, homey place that Mrs. Roosevelt called home. Am sure the visiting dignitaries were surprised at the simplicity of the place.

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Hyde Park, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Eleanor's cottage is charming. The park service folks are very happy to tell you all about the house and the furniture factory.

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FORT COLLINS
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56 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Val Kill reflects how unpretentious Eleanor Roosevelt was. Small, but packed with history. If you are lucky and catch a morning tour (ours wasn't scheduled, just lucked out) you might be able to tour the upstairs, consisting of bedrooms. Pretty neat to be in Mrs Roosevelt's bedroom . Pretty plain, small bed, but loads of memorable photos. Too bad FDR... More 

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Since she spent her entire married life in her Mother-in-law's home, it was interesting to see this cottage that was all Eleanor's. Her very modest and open nature is readily apparent in this cottage and you can get a real feel for who Eleanor, the very approachable and down to earth woman, was.

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Northern Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I've been to the other FDR sites several times, but this was my first visit to Eleanor's home which was so revealing of her generous, down-to-earth, compassionate life. It shows a simplicity that highlights people not ornaments.

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Cumming, GA
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190 reviews 190 reviews
75 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Loved this little cottage - fascinating that she had to build her own house to get away from her mother-in-law. Great staff - lots of parking and tons f history. We learned a lot, and even the kids were interested (ie - tour wasn't too long).

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This glimpse into Eleanor Roosevelt's life was a favorite of mine! The home is an understated and homey kind of place. Your tour through this gem will make you want to know MORE about this wonderful woman! Don't miss this one!

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