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Val-Kill Cottage

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“amazing woman”(27 reviews)
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 5 days ago via mobile

Great visit. Liked our guide. Dan was very patient I have trouble walking and he waited patiently and made sure I was safe. Appreciated it. Very informative tour. Answered everyone's questions. I think it's great how it has been restored to time when Eleanor Roosevelt...More

Thank 123karenf
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Available only via a ranger tour it’s an intimate look at her life and activities both during and after FDRs death. The history is fascinating, the photos sort of unbelievable and intimate. It’s hard to imagine this today! It’s a very simple place but reflects...More

Thank David D
Reviewed 1 week ago

you are first aware of the inside decorated, furnished for comfort, soft pine paneling and lots of comfortable looking chairs. Nice dining room for lunches, etc. Must mention the Michelle who operates the trolley from parking lot...nice lady! happy trails

Thank r1manchester
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hiked the short trail, which was a slight bit challenging at some points. But the cottage and it's off buildings provided a nice added attraction. Such interesting life style to learn about for Eleanor Roosevelt

Thank DonnavRob
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

And if you're lucky, you will meet Doris Mack, a Park Service Guide who actually knew Mrs. Roosevelt (see photo of me with her). If you are really lucky, Ray will be your guide through the cottage and building that housed the furniture making business...More

2  Thank TeamMan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This site is part of the FDR and Vanderbilt National Park but is often missed I think because it is a bit out of the way. There is an interesting tour and film and a self guided exhibit as well. There is also a hiking...More

1  Thank Vacation736046
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was interesting on many levels because of the ER and FDR lives/business/politics that went on here. And it is beautiful

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favorite places to visit! Have been to Val Kil a few times in addition to Springwood and the FDR Library. The guided tour of VK is interesting which you take after a short documentary. You can walk the grounds- special place!

1  Thank robertarubinremember
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Val-kill Cottage is a great side trip if you are visiting the FDR home and Presidential Library. The National Park Service oversees this lovely home that FDR built for Eleanor as a get away place for her to work. She and two of her friends...More

3  Thank Ivan H
Reviewed August 11, 2018

Unfortunately, we did not have time to take the guided tour which others have recommended which certainly affects our rating. That being said, the grounds and setting are lovely and worth a visit even if you aren't able to take the guided tour. We spent...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.
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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