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Val-Kill Cottage

54 Valkill Park Road -- Route 9G, Hyde Park, NY 12538
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Ranked #5 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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Santa Barbara
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Having read so much about Mrs. Roosevelt, including Elliott Roosevelt's mystery novels, touring Val Kill was the highlight of my two week vacation. Wish I could take the tour again with this park ranger who is actually finishing her Master's Degree on Mrs. Roosevelt and made the tour sooo-o interesting. She told us little details we wouldn't want to miss... More

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The guide was informative and warmly welcoming. All questions were encouraged and thoughtfully answered.

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Copenhagen
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The guided tour was very mechanical. She showed no enthusiasm. Could be that a different guide might have added excitement to our visit. There is not much to see of the house, as it's been remodeled several times, The Stone House, which is free, was more interesting and you should definitely do the walk through the forest from Val-Kill to... More

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New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The simplicity with which Eleanor Roosevelt lived her life is not reflective of the enormous impact she had on the world. A humble woman with great vision and passion for uplifting ALL the down trodden in American life.Though limited by societies conventions of the time she sought to move beyond these boundaries.

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Nyc
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Definitely a must visit. I learned so many things I never knew about Eleanor; especially impressed with her home's cozy atmosphere and lack of pretentiousness. Allow an hour.

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Washington DC
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148 reviews 148 reviews
42 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

A friend suggested we take an intermediate stop in Hyde Park on our way to Maine this year - so glad we did. Val Kill Cottage was fantastic for history buffs. We thought we knew a lot about Eleanor Roosevelt - turns out we knew very little and left humbled.

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Olney, MD
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We learned a lot about Eleanor Roosevelt. The grounds are very nice and quiet. It was wonderful to see where she lived.

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NEWTON
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This was Eleanor's cottage away from the "Big House". She entertained family and dignitaries here. You can take a walk from the Roosevelt Mansion through the woods to get to this charming cottage. One really gets a feel of what it was like for Eleanor and her friends here.

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Joplin, Missouri
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79 reviews 79 reviews
40 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Visiting Val-Kill Cottage gave us more insight into the complicated life of Eleanor Roosevelt. This cozy, homey cottage was such a contrast to the mansion of the Roosevelt family. One felt like real, everyday people lived here. It is small and quaint, but definitely worth the time to visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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210 reviews 210 reviews
62 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I didn't know anything about Val-Kill Cottage until arriving at Hyde Park, but I'm glad I took the time to learn. You have to drive a few minutes from the main visitor's center to reach Val-Kill and parking is limited at the site, so if you can, take the shuttle bus from the main visitor's center to Val-Kill. At Val-Kill... More

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