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Val-Kill Cottage

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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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Step right into 1950

There isn't too much to the tour, just a few rooms (though apparently if you are in a small enough group you get to go upstairs; we didn't), and they feel like 1950 (so not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
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Farmington, Connecticut
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Farmington, Connecticut
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311 reviews 311 reviews
218 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

There isn't too much to the tour, just a few rooms (though apparently if you are in a small enough group you get to go upstairs; we didn't), and they feel like 1950 (so not terribly interesting). However, the film was very interesting and I left with a new respect for who ER was and what she did with her... More 

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New Paltz, New York
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12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Val-Kill is part of the National Park Service's Hyde Park consortium that includes the FDR home and library as well as the Vanderbilt Mansion (both of which are highly recommended for a visit), and it is the most special of them all, as relatively humble as it is. For anyone who cares about the Roosevelts and Eleanor in particular, this... More 

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New Jersey
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96 reviews 96 reviews
55 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

What an excellent surprise - a treasure of history not to be missed. Worth the visit. An excellent addition to visiting FDR library.

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Amesbury, Massachusetts
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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Starting with a short film in the "play house" was a great introduction to the history of Val-Kill. Starting as a factory to help farmers during the depression learn furniture making and then becoming the home of Eleanor was exciting. We saw where she entertained many heads of state and even JFK.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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60 helpful votes 60 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
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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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30 helpful votes 30 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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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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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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