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Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

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Address: 54 Valkill Park Road - Route 9G, Hyde Park, NY 12538
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09:00 - 17:00
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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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Loved Eleanor's home! What a special first lady!!

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank pjspeed
Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank mja1982
Newington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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.

Thank Lori B
Gloversville, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Eleanor's home was a comfortable place to visit. You could feel the warmth of the place. Our tour guide did an exceptional job. He was a former school teacher and was both educational and entertaining.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We found out about this site on the National Park web site and decided we had to visit this, made reservations on line and got one of the last spots for the day we wanted - the tour group s are small and fill up fast - so reserve early. We found out a lot of interesting info about ER,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Eleanor's home at ValKill is much more down to earth than any of the other mansions seen in this area. The home is situation in a more secluded area versus the others along the Hudson. This, though, added to making this location and the home much more to our liking. The rooms have a number of original articles from her... More 

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Brookville, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

The house itself was very interesting as it gave you an insight to Eleanor and all the history that took place in her little cottage. Our visit was spoiled by the ranger who kept rushing everyone through (it was the end of the day) and not allowing for people in the back to get pictures. He was also a little... More 

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