Most visitors to Hyde Park visit the FDR home and library and the Vanderbilt Mansion and maybe the CIA, all easily accesible from Route 9.
But I'll bet most miss the Val-Kill Cottage on Route 9, just a stone's throw away from these other attractions.
This was Eleanor Roosevelt's home after FDR died and the FDR mansion became a National Park Site. She lived here for 17 years after he died, and the decor, furnishings, tons of photos, etc., give you a clear idea of the fact that she wasn't one for a lot of fancy trappings. Yet is was clear that world leaders (and leaders-to-be like JFK) beat a path to her door for her advice or approval. It speaks volumes about her lifestyle and personality.
It is a beautiful quiet setting by a lake. The National Park Service guide did an excellent job. Leave yourself at least 90 minutes for the tour and visit (there's an introductory movie ahead of the tour).
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