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Val-Kill Cottage

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54 Valkill Park Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538-2348
+1 845-229-9422
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The home of Eleanor Roosevelt that is located on the Roosevelt estate and is open to the public.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“amazing woman” (26 reviews)
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54 Valkill Park Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538-2348
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"eleanor roosevelt"
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"val kill"
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"amazing woman"
in 26 reviews
"down to earth"
in 16 reviews
"human rights"
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"united nations"
in 7 reviews
"ranger tour"
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"real sense"
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"introductory movie"
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"short film"
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"mother in law"
in 9 reviews
"fdr home"
in 26 reviews
"wonderful tour"
in 8 reviews
"interesting history"
in 7 reviews
"park service"
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"first floor"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Another wonderful area along the FDR National historic area. Take a day to explore the grounds, nearby historical sights and area.

Thank Benjamin M
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Reviewed 4 days ago

If you come to Hyde Park to visit the Roosevelt home and library, make sure to take time to come to visit Val-Kill. It is the home that Eleanor Roosevelt lived after the death of FDR. It is decorated as it was when she died...More

Thank John L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val Kil is the place she used to start a business, escape her mother-in-law, entertain great political figures and it was her home for the last part of her life. The house and grounds help give understanding to a woman who was influential...More

Thank Modernizing
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am so very glad we visited both Franklin AND Eleanor’s homes. Definitely a different perspective and feeling. We took the tour here as well as it’s the only way to see the main home. Other buildings are open at no charge. You can use...More

Thank Kruiz90
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second visit in 3 years, so you can see we so enjoyed our first visit that we returned. Our ranger tour guide was exceptional. He was so informative, spoke well and went above and beyond. It was heartwarming to see such a...More

Thank pat h
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I learned so much about Elanor Roosevelt today! This was her retreat. Lovely grounds and rich in history! Really knowledgeable member of Park Service lead our tour. This was a woman who was way ahead of her times. She was committed to people and equality.

Thank Barbara S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The house is modest, but the woman who lived there was a major figure. We learned about her life. We saw how she lived. The grounds were lovely. Our ranger guide was very good. There was an excellent introductory movie. The second visit was more...More

Thank RoverPhiladelphia_PA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So much interesting information to learn at this small cottage. Our guide was also the town historian of Hyde Park, and she had lots of great stories to tell.

Thank LisaF228
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Val-Kill was built as a factory for local workers. When it was not longer needed as a factory, Eleanor converted to her private cottage. The house itself was sold after her death and became apartments, but it has since been restored as her home and...More

Thank Carol D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Eleanor Roosevelt was an amazing woman. Her cottage has an interesting history, but is very modest, and there isn't that much to see. Notwithstanding, if you are visiting the FDR home, then by all means visit Val-Kill, only a few minutes away.

Thank Ricmar60
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Allison114
June 28, 2018|
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Response from KLTraveler128 | Reviewed this property |
No reservations required. Tours are frequent throughout the day.
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Gladys S
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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John K
July 3, 2017|
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Response from jansjourneys | Reviewed this property |
It is beautiful and you can easily see how the famous and non-famous enjoyed the place!
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