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Val-Kill Cottage

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The home of Eleanor Roosevelt that is located on the Roosevelt estate and is open to the public.
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54 Valkill Park Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538-2348
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We are so glad we didn't miss this small and unique piece of the Roosevelt Estate! It was definitely worth the drive to it and the time spent on the tour. The guide was incredible and the chance to view a bit into the life...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were advised at the FDR Library that if we had to choose between Val-Kill and Top Cottage, we should visit Val-Kill. I am glad that we did. I learned so much about Eleanor Roosevelt that I didn't already know, particularly about her work bringing...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 16, 2018

We were taken by shuttle from the FDR Presidential Library to Val-Kill for the annual open house. The decorations were wonderful! We were the last shuttle of the night, but I'm so glad I went. They made the house and table setting match pictures taken...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 9, 2018

This house was Eleanor Roosevelt's personal home in Hyde Park where she lived when her husband was out of town. She preferred to live here rather than at Springwood where her mother-in-law lived, then returned to Springwood when Franklin returned to Hyde Park. I was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 24, 2018 via mobile

Took the tour with the Park Ranger Shannon, she was extremely knowledgeable and shared note worthy anecdotes. Highly recommend the tour.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 7, 2018

This was one of the highlights of our visit to Hyde Park. We learned so much about Eleanor and all the good she did. And such a low key home for such a rich lady. The visit was excellent

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018

While in Hyde Park earlier this month, I had the opportunity to visit Val-Kill - both the cottage of that name and the Stone Cottage are located here. Having toured FDR's home - and there viewed Eleanor's sleeping quarters - I definitely understood why she...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

This was the third site we visited on our tour of the area. Its simplicity and homeliness was refreshing after the pomp and formality of the other houses. The guide was excellent and provided all the information needed to get an understanding of the woman...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

So interesting and so well presented. The docents in all the FDR sights were amazing. So much information and they all seemed to really enjoy their work and were so entertaining.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 27, 2018

We took the guided tour which lasts about an hour or so. The guide from the US Park Service was extremely knowledgable about Eleanor Roosevelt and the time she spent at Val-Kill. The tour started with a 15 minute movie, then a tour of Val-Kill...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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KarenLM2430
August 11, 2018|
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Response from SkowMaineacs | Reviewed this property |
When open, you need to reserve early that day at the Center. Very worthwhile trip and one not to miss. Gives new insight into a woman oft-misunderstood. Probably the early and original independent woman.
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Allison114
June 28, 2018|
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No reservations required. Tours are frequent throughout the day.
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April 13, 2018|
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Response from SkowMaineacs | Reviewed this property |
There is the Hyde Park Brewhouse across from the FDR Library complex. It brews its own beers which are a range of flavors that will meet most palates somewhere. It is not fancy but it is very good at what it represents... More
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