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“Macaroni and conversation” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Val-Kill Cottage

Val-Kill Cottage
54 Valkill Park Road -- Route 9G, Hyde Park, NY 12538
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Ranked #5 of 14 things to do in Hyde Park
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: The home of Eleanor Roosevelt that is located on the Roosevelt estate and is open to the public.
Jacksonville, Florida
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“Macaroni and conversation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

We were lucky enough to have a park ranger to tell about when she was a young bride. Mrs. Roosevelt invited her and her university professor husband to join others for dinner at Val Kill. It was not about the food, she served macaroni and cheese, it was about the interesting conversation with Eleanor.

Visited August 2011
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Cinnaminson, NJ
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“Val-Kill is Simple but worth the visit.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2011

Val-Kill is a simple home with big memories of important events and experiences with Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt. Watch PBS videos on Eleanor and Frankline Roosevelt before going. It will make the visit more enjoyable. You will understand the relationship of the Frankilins. her lesbian experiences, along with some of the other people that made her home such a exciting place. .

Visited May 2011
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west virginia
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“Remembering a Great Lady”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2011

We visited Val-Kill, the Eleanor Roosevelt Historical Site on a dreary, snowy day. Our tour totalled six people and a very knowledgeable guide. Eleanor stayed at this modest house during times when FDR was in DC and his mother was at the family's larger home a few miles away. After FDR died, ER gave the large home to the park service and moved to this small, modest home. She lived there until her death in the 1962. Although simple in construction and furnishings the setting is peacful. During the depression some of the buildings were used for a furniture building project designed to employ local people. Some of this furniture is in the home. When ER died, one of the Roosevelt sons moved into the house and the family sold many of the furnishings at auction. The National Park Service went into the home, took pictures and cataloged the contents. When the son died, the Park Service obtained the property and actually went to the auction records and bought back many of the contents. The walls are covered with photos (some blank spots- show missing photos) that give a real sense of what Eleanor loved and who she was. I was almost moved to tear viewing these photos and thinking of the empathy and kindness she showed to all. She had a true vision of a better world and even though she had great personal wealth she dedicated her life to others. She did not let difficulties rule her life.
There is a small gift shop, nice bathrooms, and a small visitor center with a filmstrip. Hours are limited at some times during the year.

Visited March 2011
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PA
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“Step back in time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2010

It's easy to see why Eleanor Roosevelt was so admired after visiting her cozy home. The pictures on the wall are evidence of how she made everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Our excellent tour guide had dined at Val-Kill with Eleanor and told us many delightful stories about her. She was well acquainted with the history of the site. The movie was also informative. We visited in late fall so tours were limited. Keep that in mind when planning your trip. Indoor pictures are not permitted

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Manchester, Vermont
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“Beautiful retreat with history galore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

Fantastic time of the year to travel during the peak of foliage in October. Sometimes the crowds are a bit large on the tours (we couldn't go see her upstairs bedroom as we had over 5 people in the group) but the National Park Ranger who did the tour was great. Overly impressed with how much of the original furnishings are still in the house today.
We could feel Eleanor's presence there---awesome grounds, tour, and memories.

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