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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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This was the house of a real person. I liked everything about it and believe I know Eleanor much better for having toured the house she wanted and eventually attained. I admire... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Syracuse, New York
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27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This was the house of a real person. I liked everything about it and believe I know Eleanor much better for having toured the house she wanted and eventually attained. I admire her even more than I did before touring her own house.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This may be the most humble house you'll visit of all the noteworthy houses in the Hudson valley. In fact it started life as a small-scale furniture factory, a pet project of Eleanor Roosevelt's in the 1920s-30s, and was later reconfigured to become her post-White House home. You immediately get a sense of how down-to-earth and lacking in pretension the... More 

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Montclair, New Jersey
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25 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is, of course, the home of Eleanor Roosevelt, built by FDR on his Hyde Park Estate. Actually, her home is the converted site of the ill-fated Val-Kill Industries. Make reservations ahead of time, since the tours are limited to 15 people or so. There is lots more about her at the Presidential Museum, but this gives you a more... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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366 helpful votes 366 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This was the cosy home and now a museum of the exceptional Eleanor Roosevelt. It's a small property, but she was so important and influential that visiting here is like meeting her. The video reminds you how important she was in world affairs. I recommend this attraction in Hyde Park.

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Bridgewater NJ USA
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185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

A place to see the real Eleanor in this lovely private cottage that she used when she needed her own space and time. The cottage is a short drive from the FDR residence. So many people at the FDR house and so few here. Use your senior pass here too for free admission. Deep into the woods along the banks... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

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

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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70 reviews 70 reviews
39 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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