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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, Sights & Landmarks
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, Sights & Landmarks
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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Wilmington, Delaware
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95 reviews 95 reviews
61 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Our family of two adults and our 11 year old daughter traveled to Hyde Park at our daughter's request. She is a loves First Lady history and wanted to see Val-Kil. It did not disappoint. There is so much history there from before Eleanor Roosevelt became First Lady, during the White House years and after. The rangers are very knowledgeable... More 

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Weston, CT
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The Val-Kill estate, Eleanor Roosevelt's home away from home, shows Mrs. Roosevelt to be an unpretentious person of power who used that power to create a better world for the under represented in the USA and thru-out the world. The factory, which she also supervised the building of, was turned into her home later in life See where JFK sat... More 

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Pembroke, New Hampshire
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98 reviews 98 reviews
52 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

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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89 reviews 89 reviews
66 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 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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