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Val-Kill Cottage

54 Valkill Park Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538-2348
+1 845-229-9422
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The home of Eleanor Roosevelt that is located on the Roosevelt estate and is open to the public.
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  • Average6%
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54 Valkill Park Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538-2348
+1 845-229-9422

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Reviewed 17 October 2016

Our ranger/guide, who had only been on the job for a year, she said, was extremely knowledgeable about the life of Eleanor Roosevelt. She was able to provide a lot of information about a fascinating woman. The cottage itself was interesting because it was so...More

Thank dannyo62003
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Eleanor was an amazing woman that lived in the shadows of FDR. The tour guide was very knowledgable and portrayed Eleonor's life and contributions to our county in great detail. Many world leaders including JFK. Nikita Krushchev and Marshall Tito visited in her simple and...More

Thank Tim F
Reviewed 16 October 2016

The title says it all. This simple, comfortable, and bucolic retreat was Eleanor's escape. It's surrounded by a beautiful forest which afforded her privacy and quiet from a very demanding life. You can almost imagine her there in front of her fireplace reading and enjoying...More

Thank HerStory50
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Val-Kill Cottage, Hyde Park, is the only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady. The cottage was Eleanor Roosevelt’s first home of her own, after living with her husband Franklin in his mother Sara’s home in the early years of their marriage. Val-Kill is...More

Thank EdwardSandiego_CA
Reviewed 10 October 2016

A great pleasure to see the home that was Eleanor's, very cozy, informal and comfortable. Our NPS guide, Ken, was awesome. He shared many stories about this wonderful home, historic moments, like JFK's visit to seek Eleanor's support in his Presidential bid. Ken told us...More

Thank Linda Z
Reviewed 8 October 2016

After reading several biographies of Franklin and Eleanor, I was really looking forward to visiting Val-Kill. It is one thing to read about them and another to actually walk where they lived and see all of the artifacts. You really feel like you know who...More

Thank rlav48
Reviewed 30 September 2016

After spending several hours at the Roosevelt Home and Library, we took this side trip over to Val-Kill where Eleanor's retreat was -and in the same area as his.While the house was ornate, this cottage was not - it was homey, cozy, wood panelled and...More

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Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Lovely and well loved home, just like it's former owner. We learned a lot from our terrific docent. Delighted in the important events that transpired in this simple, comfortable space.

Thank Catherine I
Reviewed 28 September 2016

The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, knew the stories, easy to understand. I have a new understanding of who she was. The movie was very informative

Thank Suzanne D
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Imagine being in your fifties and never having a place that is yours, whether a rental or an owned home, apartment or hovel, never yours. This cottage is warm, homey, delightful and comfortable which belies the history that occurred there. The important people who sought...More

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John K
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Response from jansjourneys | Reviewed this property |
It is beautiful and you can easily see how the famous and non-famous enjoyed the place!
19 April 2017|
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Response from leekster | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry, I do not know. Possibly check the website. There should be a phone number at the very least. It is a wonderful must see place!
3 April 2017|
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Response from SMJ48 | Reviewed this property |
YES!!! Just below the cottage is the outdoor fireplace where FDR grlled. The family loved picnics, so the area is for pinics. There are at least 2 picnic tables, as well as grass for blankets. A great place to feel part of... More