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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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Free park weekend

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... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Woodridge, New York
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Woodridge, New York
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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 

Thank annma
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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 217 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

This is a GREAT place to learn about Eleanor Roosevelt and the history of the Roosevelt family!!! My kids (ages 8 and 12) enjoyed walking the grounds, learning about the Roosevelt's and learning about the programs Eleanor Roosevelt put in place to teach skills to the unemployed during the Great Depression.

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Gloversville, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

We had seen the Roosevelt home nearby, but wanted to see Eleanor's retreat, Valkill, which is a Coyle miles away. An hour or so is enough time to see the home. It starts in a nearby small building with a 15-20 minute movie. Then you move into the house, guided by a knowledgeable park ranger. Only portions of the first... More 

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