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“Library/Museum is overwhleming”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Home
Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in Hyde Park
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Visit FDR's 1826 home that remains almost exactly as it was at the time of the president's death in 1945, including the stables, icehouses, a walking trail, and the graves of Franklin and Eleanor located in the Rose Garden.
Reviewed 11 September 2017

I literally could not make it through the entire museum. Roosevelt was a three term President- so you have a lot of history.

There is a lot of reading of exhibits. But its all good if you make the time. I do not think anyone not interested in history would spend as much time as I did, and kids would probably get bored.

The special Internment exhibit- all photos, is gut wrenching.

Thank CSSnowshoer
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

I couldn't help wondering--given that FDR was the first president to make his papers public and so on--whether he ever conceived of the public walking through Springwood and seeing the converted elevator he used to go between floors, or the ramp that he used to get to his library, etc.

I have seen a few historic homes, and this is the first time I felt like I was getting a peek at something personal and private, not just a historically accurate museum piece. While not all the downstairs room felt so personal, they did feel less staged than some such scenes, and the library was almost overwhelming in the amount of material and detail it offered.

Our guide was great at projecting and articulating pretty much every word, so she was easy to understand, and she had some good information. I don't normally like guided tours very much, but this one moved along for the most part and didn't feel like it meandered, which was nice.

The second floor was all self-guided, and I appreciated the chance to peer into the past at the bed in which FDR was born, the room in which he lived as a youth before college, and the room where he stayed as an adult, including the encrypted phone line back to D.C. We were not allowed up on to the third floor, where many additional family members lived.

Exiting out the back on the top floor, you can't actually see as much as you would expect. Apparently, FDR planted so many trees during his New Deal that it obscured some of the view of the Hudson. Still, despite the rain, the back lawn was a good finish to a tour that would lead us to our visit of the FDR Library and Museum. I recommend doing both if you start first thing. It will take a whole day to do both and not have to blow through the museum too quickly, or to cut the tour short at closing.

Thank ErPr
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

Worth the trip to Hyde Park and not to be missed, along with the library/museum. The house tour is fascinating and the guides are excellent in their knowledge.

Thank dwroesekejr
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

The home is one of the many sites to be visited while in Hyde Park (all together, they are a 5-star day trip). The facade of the house and the large den/office and the foyer are probably the most interesting parts. The tours are kind of large, so you don't get tons of time alone in the house, but it is definitely worth checking out. Make sure to check out Eleanor's house and the presidential library too.

Thank schmayla98
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

We didn't know FDR's "home" was owned by Sarah. It's a beautiful place, probably typical of the ultra-wealthy of the era.

Thank MEB55304
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