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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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Great care has been taken to represent Val-kill as Eleanor Roosevelt knew it. One can get a real sense of her presence, but there is also great history in the property as the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great care has been taken to represent Val-kill as Eleanor Roosevelt knew it. One can get a real sense of her presence, but there is also great history in the property as the cottage furniture business it once was.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This is a delightful insight into Elaeanor's life. We are 60's children and my wife of 45 years always looked up to Eleanor's model. We had great conversations after the tour about how Eleanor influenced the womens movement in small town American.

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Princeton, NJ
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

First of all, don't let the on-line ticket site fool you. They only put certain tour tickets on sale on-line. If you show up at the cottage (on the half-hour), you may very well be able to be admitted to the next tour. I found the movie about Eleanor Roosevelt to be interesting and informative. The family pictures were great... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The contrast between Val-Kill and Springwood helps give a portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt and the period of time in which she occupied the cottage. It is close to the other major attractions and makes for an easy and relatively quick visit. Very quiet and peaceful area.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Val-Kill was Eleanor's getaway cottage and later her home following FDR's death. More than the family mansion, this cottage reflects her own tastes. While she entertained many key people here, this was the cozy and private home she never had at the Roosevelt family home, the Governor's mansion in Albany, or in the White House. The ranger tour was very... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Operated by the National Park Service, this is lovely place to visit and learn about Eleanor Roosevelt. Take the guided tour ($10) to learn more, it is worth it.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The story of FDR and Hyde Park is not complete without a trip over to Val-Kill. If you're in the area and visiting Springwood, take the time to visit this site. Well worth it.

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Rockville Centre, New York
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

So rewarding to see the only place that the incomparable Eleanor Roosevelt truly felt at home. The guide was so knowledgeable and pleasant and clearly loved telling her story.

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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Great piece of American History. The tour begins with an informative film including old footage. Very interesting inside into the life of Elenore and Franklin's family life. Additiona information on Mrs. Roosevelt's life after leaving the White House.

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Northwest Corner, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Seeing the difference between FDR's home and the cottage where Eleanor spent most of her time was unbelievably interesting for me. Both are truly giants in their place in American history, and the keynote for both was that they were indomitable in their pursuit of what they held dear. But a visit to the two homes gave a real-time insight... More 

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