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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
+1 845-229-9422
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Fusion_Pilot
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Val-Kill Cottage is a good stop if you're in the area. It doesn't take long to go through the house and Stone Cottage. There isn't a lot to see but the movie is informative. The tour guides, National Park employees, are great and made the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely would recommend a trip to Val-Kill Cottage. Very much enjoyed getting a more complete picture of this remarkable woman.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had first visited the FDR mansion a couple of miles away so it was intriguing as to how simple Eleanor lived. The tour cost $10 and felt it was well worth the price. You watch a movie first and the docent then takes you...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I loved our tour and time at Val-Kill Cottage. Eleanor Roosevelt was such a force in American history! Her cottage is a remembrance of how she lived her life and pioneered not only women's rights but the rights of all people of...More

1  Thank cherylyosh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our tour guide ranger Shannon did A wonderful job of taking us through Val- Kill place. She was very informative about everything and you could tell she really enjoyed her job of giving us an education on Eleanor Roosevelt. I was surprised at how low...More

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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.
June 28, 2018|
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Response from KLTraveler128 | Reviewed this property |
No reservations required. Tours are frequent throughout the day.
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