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Val-Kill Cottage

54 Valkill Park Road -- Route 9G, Hyde Park, NY 12538
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Ranked #6 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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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
27 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is the cottage that Eleanor Roosevelt had - Franklin had a separate one about 1.5 miles away. It is a lovely setting but you can only view the home on a tour and those are only once every 90 minutes or so. If you are rushed for time I'm not sure it is worth it.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth a visit. I have been there twice, and found park ranger guides to provide great tours. There is a 15 minute video at the beginning prior to the tour of the cottage. You are able to tour Stone Cottage on your own.

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Glenside, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We got here for the last tour of the day at 4PM and it was not enough time to see everything. Do the FDR house and presidential library one day and this property the next day. But one hour is not enough. So many great piece of history!

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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This cottage was very nice. It is located in a nice quiet place in the woods. The tour was very good. It was interesting learning about all the things Eleanor did during her life time.

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northern NY
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Toured with my 85 year old mom and she enjoyed the 1/4 mile tram ride into it. They have a 16 min. movie and a talk/tour by a park ranger who did a nice job. You can't tour the house on your own- need to get a tour. Enjoyed the small gift shop. Two hours will be fine for this.... More

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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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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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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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