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Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

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Address: 54 Valkill Park Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538-2348
Phone Number: 9452299115
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Guided tours are available to Val-Kill, Mrs. Roosevelt's retreat from her...

Guided tours are available to Val-Kill, Mrs. Roosevelt's retreat from her public duties as First Lady, and the grounds, which include gardens, outbuildings, woodland trails and a pond.

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Excellent peek into the personal story of this most important First Lady

The property is beautiful, the rangers are friendly and incredibly knowledgeable, the cottages are loaded with intimate personal memorabilia and rarely-viewed family photographs... read more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The property is beautiful, the rangers are friendly and incredibly knowledgeable, the cottages are loaded with intimate personal memorabilia and rarely-viewed family photographs and film footage. They have lovingly restored the buildings and as they recover furniture and artifacts lost through the years they carefully research their placement in the house to maintain faithful accuracy. A charming and informative look... More 

Thank SlapHappyJ
Tacoma, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was almost more special than FDR's. Eleanor was quite the woman and it gave me a whole new insite to her.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In many ways, Eleanor Roosevelt lived by the simple values taught by the Golden Rule. But considering the remarkable events occurring in her lifetime, she redefined the First Lady role and rewrote the First Lady book. By sheer will, she transcended the roles of wife, daughter-in-law, female diplomat and activist by adhering to “No one can make you feel inferior... More 

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Thank Denise D
Escalon, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A simple woman who did remarkable things was the focus of her modest home. The docents are very informative.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When visiting the Franklin D. Roosevelt family home and Presidential Library be sure to tour ValKill, the cottage where Eleanor Roosevelt stayed to pursue her interests, spend time with like-minded friends, and where she would later entertain those who sought her favor and influence with those in power. Compared to the family home, ValKill cottage is small and cozy, a... More 

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Middletown, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a fabulous history of this amazing woman! Our ranger (Trish) was so knowledgeable and was able to impart her enthusiasm about ER and her circle of friends to us too!

Thank SueM1017
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful site and worth the extra charge to see it with the rest of the Roosevelt estate. Beautiful grounds.

Thank Rachel C
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

I've wanted to visit this site for as long as I've known about it. It did not disappoint. The grounds are gorgeous. The tour was amazing with original furniture and décor. They do a fabulous job of honoring such an amazing historical figure. We bought tickets online several months in advance.

Thank StarfishandSeashells
Angola, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

While in the area, we thought we'd take in the sights and didn't have the time to see them all so we started here. What a place to start, so much history! A must see if you're in the area. I didn't realized what an influential and strong individual Mrs. Roosevelt was.

Thank ndfs10
Farmington, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

What a treat it was to spend time in ER's home! Our visit began with a short film and then we were entertained by our Ranger guide with many interesting stories about ER and her life. The tour is of her home, Val-Kill. Next, you can independently tour the grounds, the visitor center, and the stone cottage. Give yourself plenty... More 

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