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Address: 54 Valkill Park Road -- Route 9G, Hyde Park, NY 12538
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Elenore

Great piece of American History. The tour begins with an informative film including old footage. Very interesting inside into the life of Elenore and Franklin's family life... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Great piece of American History. The tour begins with an informative film including old footage. Very interesting inside into the life of Elenore and Franklin's family life. Additiona information on Mrs. Roosevelt's life after leaving the White House.

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Northwest Corner, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Seeing the difference between FDR's home and the cottage where Eleanor spent most of her time was unbelievably interesting for me. Both are truly giants in their place in American history, and the keynote for both was that they were indomitable in their pursuit of what they held dear. But a visit to the two homes gave a real-time insight... More 

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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Seeing the only house that Eleanor Roosevelt felt was really her home was a fascinating look into this great woman's life. We were only able to see three of the cottage's rooms, but the tour was especially interesting because Mrs. Mack, our guide, actually knew Eleanor Roosevelt! Although it was a bit difficult to understand her at times, this lovely... More 

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Decatur, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I went to Val-Kill because my sister wanted to go, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself! Fascinating information about the Roosevelt dynamics, Eleanor's business and political endeavors, meeting heads of state, etc. I highly recommend everyone going.

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The grounds of this cottage and separate stone house are beautiful and the stories told by the ranger are wonderful to get to know Elinor Roosevelt's life. The only issue is the amazingly stuffy and damp and moldy smell inside the main house which just has to be affecting the amazing furnishings and collectibles. I hope future renovations to remove... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Val-Kill Cottage is where Eleanor Roosevelt blossomed. Here she relaxed with friends and family, and in the nearby Stone Cottage started Val-Kill Industries, which produced high quality and hand crafted furniture, pewter ware and weavings. The Roosevelts purchased many pieces which they used and are display in the cottage. Mrs Roosevelt decorated the rooms herself. The tours are led by... More 

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

The Val-Kill Cottage IS the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. Eleanor spread her wings here after FDR's infidelity with Lucy Mercer. She needed her own place and Franklin made it happen for her. It's funny; this home became the center of family activities once it was built. Check out the home movies. It also was the command center for her... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The tour of Val-Kill is modest in the sense that one visits only three rooms on the first floor of the building that Eleanor lived in, but there is also a film about her life and Q&A with a ranger. One can also visit several rooms with displays in the nearby stone cottage, and wander the grounds. Overall, one can... More 

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

It's easy to see why Eleanor Roosevelt loved this spot, so beautiful and peaceful. The tour was fabulous. Our guide had actually meet Eleanor on several occasions and had dinner at the house. Such fabulous, personal stories. Must stop if you are in the area.

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Hyde Park, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Val-kill is a must if you are in the Hyde Park area. It gives great insight into the life of Eleanor Roosevelt and her great charitable acts. The tour guide we had was very knowledgeable and took her time explaining the various exhibits with lots of obscure detail. I was with two teenagers when I went and they were less... More 

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Address: 54 Valkill Park Road -- Route 9G, Hyde Park, NY 12538
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Hyde Park

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