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“Beautiful Grounds, Great Staff”

Friendship Hill National Historic Site
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

Went here with my wife, 3 young children, and my parents. The location itself is pretty far off the beaten path, but that adds to the appeal.

The grounds leading into Gallatin's Friendship Hill homestead are lined with trees and rolling green spaces. Closer to the home, there are a number of enormous trees, and again, well manicured grounds. This would be a great spot for a walk even without the homestead.

Inside the main visitor reception, we were treated to a thorough and enthusiastic lesson by the NPS employee. He was especially kind towards our children ages 7, 5, and 2, the eldest of which were trying to earn their Junior Ranger badges.

The building itself has quite a storied history and the NPS have done a fine job of highlighting original construction methods as well as the restoration efforts that leave the property as it is today. At the rear pavilion on the property was a gentleman who was part of the Friends of Friendship Hill practicing his drumming (not a regular feature, but nice nonetheless). It was great to see local folks take pride in the preservation and sharing of history.

I have to admit my expectations were not particularly high when heading here, but I have nothing but positive things to say if you like history, pretty scenery, and engaging staff.

1  Thank feehery27
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Reviewed 12 June 2017

Following other owners, along with their additions, then falling into disrepair, the Park Service has done a remarkable job in restoring what had been the Albert Gallatin home. Self-guided tour. Watch the two short films as they will help to better understand what had been there. Outdoors, there are several trails. Wear good hiking shoes.

1  Thank Sue N
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Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

The house is a self guided tour and you can not go up the stairs to the highest level or go on the porches. It was a nice house and very lovely. The walking trails that lead away from the house are beautiful, but unless you want to be walking for 4 miles you will need to turn around at some point. The woods are great and the field is nice. I saw turtles in the pond and one deer.

1  Thank bethryan20
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Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

It pains me to give this place three stars. The man who built the house initially was as important to the young nation as any of the founding fathers. The National Park rangers were incredibly informed, helpful, and ready to educate.

However, the house itself is only loosely related to Gallatin the man. He did build it and bury his first wife there. But in the forty years he owned the property, he only lived there seven. None of his major accomplishments occurred there. Gallatin himself lived out his final days in NYC, where he is buried. The house is sparsely furnished, and has significant changes made by later owners. Not the best historical site I've seen.

Thank Seth M
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Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

Unless you're quite the history buff, you might not think too much of the house itself. Much seems original but there are better national parks to immerse you in the style of the period (e.g. anything owned by Jefferson). But I'd still go here for the monumental nature of the estates successful diplomats and businessmen had back at our country's beginnings. There are some very nice trails on the property to give you the feeling of why it was a country retreat. I think visiting with some snow on the ground would be particularly good.

Thank Hatzlacha
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