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Val-Kill Cottage

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Address: 54 Valkill Park Road -- Route 9G, Hyde Park, NY 12538
Phone Number: 8452299422
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The home of Eleanor Roosevelt that is located on the Roosevelt estate and...

The home of Eleanor Roosevelt that is located on the Roosevelt estate and is open to the public.

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A visit will let you know immediately why this retreat was so important to Eleanor Roosevelt. The cottage is warm, inviting, and comfortable. Our NPS guide was respectful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A visit will let you know immediately why this retreat was so important to Eleanor Roosevelt. The cottage is warm, inviting, and comfortable. Our NPS guide was respectful, knowledgeable and so obviously caring about the stories he shared with us. The acreage, the stream, the gardens and the idyllic setting are unforgettable.

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West Orange, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent a weekend visiting the FDR sites, Vanderbilt mansion and Val-Kil. Each is interesting, but the star is Val-Kil. The Ranger-led tour was very informative. Eleanor was quite a woman, and you get a feeling for her from the tour. This site has the smallest tour groups-get a ticket on line if you can. We couldn't, but arrived at... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was a real pleasure to see the cottage and stone cottage where Eleanor lived, entertained, and worked when she was not with Franklin. Simple and functional, it is a place exactly like you would imagine it to be. You can feel the history as you wander the houses and grounds of this fascinating place.

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Barrington, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It was cool to see Eleanor Roosevelt's refuge. We got there around 3:30pm and were told we were too late to get in the remaining tours. Still, the grounds were open until sunset. A guide drove us from the parking lot to her cottage and the gift shop. We walked around her cottage and saw her swimming pool and the... More 

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Lake City, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This cottage reminds us what an interesting person Eleanor Roosevelt was. This is a cottage, and doesn't pretend to be a crazy, outrageously decorated place. Great tour guide, who shared wonderful stories of her guests who stayed there.

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Sun City Center, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Do you homework and understand what you want to see: 1. There is the Presidential Museum. A museum, similar in concept to all Presidential Museums. 2. There is a Presidential Library. This is typically for the scholars who want to study the actual documents. As with all Presidential libraries, tourists don't usually go in this part.. 3. TOUR The Roosevelt... More 

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had not included a visit to Val Kill on our itinerary but thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Just as with the Roosevelt home, a tour helps bring the meaning and details to life.

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Pennington, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very interesting historical site, as Eleanor Roosevelt was a great figure in American can history. This docent we had was very informative and it was a terrific visit in a peaceful corner across the street from the larger Roosevelt Museum. So inspired by the tour that I took on the multi-volume biography of E.R. by Blanche Cook... More 

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Kingston, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful, historic site! The park rangers were exceptionally informative and good with our children! The history in this area is so special!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely a good place to visit when going to the FDR site a short distance away. Ranger (John) gave a really good tour of Val-Kill cottage and especially Eleanor Roosevelt's life after FDR's death in 1945.

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