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“don't bother if you are going to the FDR museum” 3 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 #4 of 14 Attractions in Hyde Park
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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.
East Windsor, New Jersey
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68 reviews 68 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“don't bother if you are going to the FDR museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We spent hours at the FDR museum on a Saturday and went to Val-Kill the next day. Nearly everything about Eleanor is covered in the museum. Seeing the small house is interesting to a point, and the grounds are attractive. Not much else going on unless one is a huge fan of Eleanor.

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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124 reviews 124 reviews
58 attraction reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Eleanor's Retreat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Val-Kill Cottage and the Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Site are one and the same although listed as two separate attractions on Trip Advisor. The cottage is a remodel of a factory that was once on the site. The furniture and items in the home are either original or similar as the home was once used as rental property by the Roosevelt family and much of the original stuff was sold off. The Park service continues to search for original pieces. The tour and film are intesting. This site pales in comparison to Springwood, but Eleanor needed a place to get away from Sara Roosevelt, FDR's mother, who lived with them at Springwood until her death. FDR actually owned Springwood for only three years. Well worth visiting to get a picture of the Roosevelt family and what was important to Eleanor.

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Philadelphia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
48 attraction reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“A place in history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

The film before the tour was great. The house was decorated with either orginal pieces or good duplications. However, the tour was limited to two rooms and the porch. The tour guide talked on and on and repeated things that were in the film. The cost wasvery reasonable.

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New Castle, Pennsylvania
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36 attraction reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Eleanor Roosevelt's cottage is a window into her character and the life she led. The film is well worth the 15 minutes and the guides are knowledgeable and passionate about their subject. The setting is also beautiful. There is a walk from the parking lot equal to approximately a city block or so.

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Haddonfield, New Jersey
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8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Peaceful and Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Unfortunately we did not have fime for the formal tour (video and tour = 1 hr and $10.00) but we did enjoy the grounds and gift shop. We walked one of the two 1 mile long trails on the property, and also looked in and around the garden; beautiful dalhias and enormous pumpkins!. The gift shop offers Eleanor Roosevelt items and other attractive things for purchase. Staffed by friendly park rangers. Saw a couple enjoying a picnic on the grounds - a great idea. I will return for the tour and the the second hike on my next trip to the Hudson Valley.

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