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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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rhinebeck
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This was originally Eleanor Roosevelt's cottage industry furniture factory. You'll have an interesting look into the life of Eleanor and her friends. I loved her sleeping porch and her gift closet. I've copied the gift closet in my own home and have a sleeping porch in my future thanks to Eleanor!

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Pekin, Illinois
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79 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This house was converted from Eleanor Roosevelt's furniture factory. It has not special architectural merit but is full of pictures and items from her very interesting life.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

So much history and very informative tour guide. Excellent gift shop with lots of books and trinkets. Elenore was a true leader of her time. Worth the drive

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Union, New Jersey
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92 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I suggest driving to Val-Kill instead of hiking the trail between there and the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site unless you are used to hiking a rough trail. What was striking to me at both locations was the absolute lack of any sign of Presidential security. . . . Those were different days.

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Lafayette, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

It was fascinating to see Eleanor's home. Park Department was quite honest about opinions of the day regarding this first lady and the reasons for building this cottage.

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Stoneham, Massachusetts
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215 reviews 215 reviews
95 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill cottage is a couple of miles from FDR's boyhood home. You can drive there. There is plenty of free parking. There is also a free shuttle that you can get at the visitor's center of the FDR house. The shuttle drops you off at the Val-Kill parking lot. It is a delightful short walk (past a pond... More

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SC
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

Val-Kill was on our agenda as we visited the Hyde Park area. This is time well spent, we took the tour and really enjoyed the Park Ranger who led us through the the residence. He was so knowledgable. Also, if you are over 65 get a Senior Access Pass, your admission will be free. We use ours for access to... More

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Whitman, Massachusetts, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I wasn't aware of Val-Kill Cottage until I was visiting Hyde Park to tour the Roosevelt Library. I had some extra time so I decided to visit Val-Kill and was so very happy that I did. The guide was excellent and I learned so many new facts about Eleanor Roosevelt. I admire her even more now! Just try to visit... More

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San Francisco
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91 reviews 91 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Eleanor Roosevelt needed an escape from FDR and build a place to call her own: Val-Kill. A great little house where she managed to escape and live for a long time. A nice place to visit, about 2 miles from FDR's home and away from the main road. Nice to do the tour and get some background information on this... More

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Palenville, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Recently I did a tour of the Val-Kill property with my wife (Toni) and Son (Kenneth) and his partner (Michael). It was a pleasant sunny day so the weather did help a bit but I found the tour to be even better than the last time I went. It is very informative and gives one a very different perspective on... More

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