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“Fun and informative”

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
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Ranked #4 of 21 things to do in Hyde Park
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Owner description: This 54-room mansion could be considered modest for a Vanderbilt.
Stormville, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Fun and informative”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2012

Went there for a mucic in the park time and discovered a great place to visit. Walking involved but wasn't too hard.

Visited August 2012
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“Good history lesson”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is a National Park so you get a good tour guide who knows about the Vanderbilts. This is actually a small mansion for a Vanderbilt but built by the most successful of the second generation Vanderbilt sons.

Visited July 2012
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Goffstown
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

Learned many new things about this fascinating family. How did people squander so much money?? Beautiful home but shows that nothing can last forever.

Visited July 2012
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Shelburne, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“How the other half lived....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2012

My family and I recently visited the Vanderbilt Mansion while in the Hyde Park area. It is a beautiful area and for a summer home the mansion is quite spectacular and at the same time intimidating. The entrance way does exactly what it was meant to do in its day...impress. Oversized furniture, statues and chandeliers. The bedrooms on the second floor were for the family and close friends and family while those who were not as close to the family were put ont he third floor with the help. You can clearly see that they spent their money the way they wanted to and wanted to impress others. Be prepared to climb stairs though it is handicap accessable. It was nice to see but once is enough.

Visited August 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“an interesting contrast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

If you're planning to see the Vanderbilt Mansion, don't miss seeing the Roosevelt houses just down the road. The contrast between how the Roosevelts and Vanderbilts lived is striking. Touring the Roosevelt, you clearly feel you're in someone's home (albeit an extremely nice one). Very residential, comfortable. On the other hand the Vanderbilt "Mansion" feels very much like a museum. Everything imported; extremely formal, etc. Our impression was that Roosevelt family would have never built nor would they have been comfortable in a "Mansion."

Both places are wonderful places to roam as well, if you're up for a walkabout or a picnic in the grass.

Visited July 2012
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