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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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In the country, a cottage for Eleanor.

Just a short drive from the FDR estate, a bit back in the country that surrounds Hyde Park, you come to Val Kill and a few more structures that were part of Eleanor's retreat and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Just a short drive from the FDR estate, a bit back in the country that surrounds Hyde Park, you come to Val Kill and a few more structures that were part of Eleanor's retreat and a furniture business. A really comfortable cottage that contains many of the pieces that belonged to the Roosevelt family. The National Park Service is also... More 

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new york
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

If you're in the Hyde Park area, a side visit is well worthwhile. Explores simply the life and times of FDR's wife and political activist when women were not supposed to be active.

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Canton, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Eleanor is truly to be investigated. Prior to seeing the cottage and hearing the explanation by the ranger, I did not appreciate her for the advocate and pioneer that she was. Truly worth seeing.

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Belmont, Massachusetts
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37 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We arrived fairly late in the afternoon on a cool, drizzly day so actually missed the last tour of the day. Still, we could take in the visitors' center and the Stone House (today a small museum) to learn some basics about Eleanor Roosevelt and the time she (and others) spent time at this property. Then we got to wander... More 

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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16 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Our guided tour of Eleanor's retreat was delightful and moving, just to be standing in the rooms where she lived and entertained. Our guide, Shannon, was obviously enthralled with her topic and a little over the top dramatically for my taste, but others seemed to appreciate her unbridled enthusiasm. However, our ranger was less than professional when the topic was... More 

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Farmington, Connecticut
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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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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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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
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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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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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