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Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

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Address: 54 Valkill Park Road - Route 9G, Hyde Park, NY 12538-2348
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Guided tours are available to Val-Kill, Mrs. Roosevelt's retreat from her...

Guided tours are available to Val-Kill, Mrs. Roosevelt's retreat from her public duties as First Lady, and the grounds, which include gardens, outbuildings, woodland trails and a pond.

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Quiet lovely environment

Well maintained- Summer cottage of Eleanor Roosevelt. Interesting theater information regarding this site. Nice hiking trails for 1.0 mile plus trek. Also hike to cottage on hill... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
East Fishkill, New York

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East Fishkill, New York
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well maintained- Summer cottage of Eleanor Roosevelt. Interesting theater information regarding this site. Nice hiking trails for 1.0 mile plus trek. Also hike to cottage on hill where President Roosevelt spent time.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The introductory movie was interesting but the tour of the house was disappointing. It was the last tour of the day so the Park Guide seemed to be in a hurry and did a lot of complaining about the possible reduction of staff under the new budget

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Woodridge, New York
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My friend, her bf and I went here on one of the free park days. We started with a video, which was informative and interesting. We them went to her residence which used to be a furniture factory. The volunteers and ranger were very knowledgeable and answered any question asked of them. The upstairs to the home was not accessible... More 

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Castleton On Hudson, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friends and I were here for a special program organized by the League of Women Voters...we enjoyed the short film and the enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable Park Ranger guides -- on out tour they had the answers to all of our questions. it was enjoyable walking around the grounds. PLease note that many of the furnishings are sadly not... More 

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Boerne, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

I can't imagine anyone leaving this area without a greater appreciation for our former First Lady. She was amazing on so many levels, and this site will help you understand her complex personality and strong drive to be a force for good in the world. She claimed her furniture was an eclectic mix because that is how she liked her... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

This site of Eleanor Roosevelt's cottage and the site of her former Val-Kill Industries is lovely, offering tours as well as trails in the surrounding woods. My time there left me with a strong sense of the simplicity and goodness that was Eleanor--nothing ostentatious about her or her cottage retreat. Next time I visit, I hope to hike the surrounding... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Loved seeing all the original furnishings including the furniture built at Valkill. The tours were excellent!!

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Naperville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Beautiful home and grounds where the First Lady grew up. Basically it is across the street from FDRs home. The rangers were very nice and tours are available to take.

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Newington, Connecticut
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

We loved our guide. He showed a movie first and then we progressed to her cottage. It is small, but our guide was an impassioned young man who gave us a lot of information. We saw FDR's home and the Presidential Library the previous day and saved the little cottage for the second day of our weekend. It was beautiful... More 

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moylan pa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

This humble place gives visitors a good picture of what was important to Eleanor. Too bad the NPS does not provide online or advance ticketing, but instead requires visitors to break up their day to stand in line at noon in the hope of buying one of the few available tickets. Really poor customer service.

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