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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the highlights of our visit to Hyde Park. We learned so much about Eleanor and all the good she did.
And such a low key home for such a rich lady.
The visit was excellent

1  Thank KN2026
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While in Hyde Park earlier this month, I had the opportunity to visit Val-Kill - both the cottage of that name and the Stone Cottage are located here. Having toured FDR's home - and there viewed Eleanor's sleeping quarters - I definitely understood why she preferred this retreat. This location is formally known as the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, is part of the National Park system and is only a stone's throw from the FDR sites. This is the only site of its kind dedicated to the memory of a First Lady. The visit enhances visitors understanding of just how great a lady Eleanor was. An important part of the visit is the description of Val-Kill industries, organized by Eleanor and some friends, to provide locals with crafting skills, a concept that proved to be a model for New Deal programs. Films shown at the site cover Eleanor's accomplishments but also give us a peek at the lighter side of this power couple (FDR was not a stranger to the cottage) and their guests - at the pool, enjoying the evening cocktail hour, etc. This was Eleanor's "headquarters" and she entertained world figures here - make sure the rangers tell the story of JFK's visit seeking political support (Oh, to have been a fly on the wall!) I have to admit that I preferred the cottage to the FDR home - cozy and comfy, this truly was a home. The ranger who gave us a tour was terrific (she even did a cool Eleanor imitation). While there isn't as much to see here as at the FDR sites, the atmosphere says a lot about Eleanor and further enhances the story of the Roosevelts. Val-Kill is rich in history - so don't miss this Hudson Valley stop. The site does have a gift shop but for a meal, you'll need to head to the visitors center at the FDR sites or to a nearby restaurant; there is a fairly short walk from parking to the cottages (shuttle service was available the day of my visit for those who needed it). The grounds are lovely so if you like to walk, take time to explore a bit. Bring your camera - good photo ops both inside and outside.

1  Thank Wendybeth16
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the third site we visited on our tour of the area. Its simplicity and homeliness was refreshing after the pomp and formality of the other houses. The guide was excellent and provided all the information needed to get an understanding of the woman and her relationship to the house. There is also an introductory film which we unfortunately missed but this did not detract from the visit.

1  Thank meb91
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So interesting and so well presented. The docents in all the FDR sights were amazing. So much information and they all seemed to really enjoy their work and were so entertaining.

Thank dannlin
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the guided tour which lasts about an hour or so. The guide from the US Park Service was extremely knowledgable about Eleanor Roosevelt and the time she spent at Val-Kill.

The tour started with a 15 minute movie, then a tour of Val-Kill and the adjacent Stone Cottage. During the depression the buildings were used as a furniture factory where local farmers were able to earn extra money during the winter months making very fine furniture. The cottage is furnished with some of that furniture.

It was impressive to see how someone as rich and famous as Eleanor Roosevelt lived in such a subdued manner - a cozy cottage where she worked every day.

If you are fascinated by American History, this is a must-see. The grounds surrounding the area are beautiful also.

1  Thank Fusion_Pilot
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Val-Kill Cottage is a good stop if you're in the area. It doesn't take long to go through the house and Stone Cottage. There isn't a lot to see but the movie is informative. The tour guides, National Park employees, are great and made the site come to life.

1  Thank Pat G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely would recommend a trip to Val-Kill Cottage. Very much enjoyed getting a more complete picture of this remarkable woman.

Thank LindaH09242015
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had first visited the FDR mansion a couple of miles away so it was intriguing as to how simple Eleanor lived. The tour cost $10 and felt it was well worth the price. You watch a movie first and the docent then takes you through the house. The house is small and you only see rooms on the first floor but the docent was very good and was well worth hearing of Eleanor’s life after FDR passed. If you’re in the area, don’t miss it.

1  Thank ranger937
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I loved our tour and time at Val-Kill Cottage. Eleanor Roosevelt was such a force in American history! Her cottage is a remembrance of how she lived her life and pioneered not only women's rights but the rights of all people of race and color. I loved our ranger led tour, which lasted for about 11/2 hours because our ranger loved her subject and the home. It is a gem!

1  Thank cherylyosh
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our tour guide ranger Shannon did A wonderful job of taking us through Val- Kill place. She was very informative about everything and you could tell she really enjoyed her job of giving us an education on Eleanor Roosevelt. I was surprised at how low key her home was. You felt like you really knew Eleanor after leaving the tour.

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