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Val-Kill Cottage

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Address: 54 Valkill Park Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538-2348
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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Walked around the property

We decided to walk around the property instead of having to pay to enter the house for the tour. There was a nice pond, bridge and pool to see.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Ewing, New Jersey
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Ewing, New Jersey
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We decided to walk around the property instead of having to pay to enter the house for the tour. There was a nice pond, bridge and pool to see.

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Denver, Co.
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Eleanor Roosevelt was an amazing woman for her time and all times. For me, it felt sacred being in her home and listening to a personal guided tour about her intimate life. Although not all original furnishings, work was done to reproduce as close as possible what the original looked like from archival photos. there were many photos of her... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The tour starts with a short movie covering the highlights of Eleanor Roosevelt's life. The tour guide then takes you thru Eleanor's cottage, where the NPS has managed to collect many of the original furnishings after they were auctioned off after her death. The third part of the tour was in the Stone Cottage. This is a self guided tour... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I didn't know much about Eleanor Roosevelt, and came away from this tour with a lot more knowledge. The home was located within a mile or two of the Roosevelt home, but was secluded. We received a ride on a little shuttle from the parking lot to the home. We were in time to take an earlier tour than our... More 

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Freehold, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

What a great place to learn a ton about the life and times of Eleanor Roosevelt! Her home was a true reflection of the complex, yet simple person she was. The Park rangers shared humorous and wonderful stories about her - ones that you haven't read about. I left the property feeling inspired! It's a must see!

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Middlefield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great exhibit that is guided by the National Park Service. I've been here several times and every time it's a little different depending on the Ranger leading the tour. It is always fabulous. The Rangers are great hosts and are so eager to share information with you. Please don't miss this opportunity to visit Eleanor's world.

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Thank Lois B
Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Val Kill Cottage one of the great places to visit in Hyde Park. Anyone interested in Mrs. Roosevelt's life, history and info related to the Roosevelt Family will really find it very interesting. The Parks department employees were passionate and knowledgeable about everything related to the Roosevelt's lifetime.

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Thank Leah K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

you can feel the history entering the grounds. the house and grounds are well presented, but the real attraction is the life and spirit of eleanor delanor roosevelt. the manner in which she lived and the spirit that she carried is so well represented that no one who tkes the tour could not be touched by her spirit.

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Thank Andrew S
The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Got to valkill for the first tour. Rangers in the gift shop were very friendly. Saw a short movie about valkill then toured the house. Then visited the stone cottage. My opinion, this place gives an incredible explanation of Eleanor and Franklin 's relationship.

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Thank kerry1115
Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No pretensions at all in Eleanor Roosevelt's home. She lived here 1945-62 and entertained many US politicians seeking her approval.

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