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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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54 Valkill Park Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538-2348
+1 845-229-9422

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Reviewed 2 May 2017

There aren't many tours per day in April, and we made a point of catching one. The pre-house talk was given by a lively and opinionated Roosevelt historian -- just what you want! And it wasn't just Eleanor's getaway -- Franklin used it too (an...More

Thank princetonarea
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is a delightful tour to learn more about the real Eleanor Roosevelt. The cottage is near FDR's main library and also the Culinary Institute. Have lunch and come over for the 3 o'clock tour.

Thank macc222
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Visiting the home of Eleanor Roosevelt was truly a highlight of our trip! The property and her home reflect the amazing woman that she was. The Parks staff are very helpful and knowledgeable, and the extra bonus was one of them had been on Eleanor's...More

Thank jbach1021
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Beware many places on the east coast are closed some days. This was closed Tues-wed and open 1-4 other days. Nice property but it was closed.

1  Thank CrissyK3554
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Was really glad to tour this NP site. Mrs. Roosevelt's time spent at Val-Kill Cottage was of great importance in history. It was interesting to hear the private stories and the important people that she entertained. She was a great inspiring lady who was very...More

Thank madrmd64
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

The Natioal Park guided tour is so informative and and well-presented that we felt at the end that we really had a personal look into Eleanor Roosevelt's life and times. The restoration and preservation of this historic site really give a sense of the life...More

2  Thank Mary G
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Very interesting tour of Eleanor's cottage. Loved learning about the history of how it came to be and how dignitaries from other countries spent time there.

1  Thank kbonthego
Reviewed 31 January 2017

While a small cottage, it tells so much about this strong, persevering woman. There is no fuss, no fancy accouterments -- just Eleanor. Guide was very knowledgeable and was able to share details that revealed why she was an important partner to Roosevelt as the...More

1  Thank Murph07
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Including this cottage in the Roosevelt tour, was worth the extra time. Our guide was excellent. Seeing every residence was so unique, and worth the effort.

1  Thank pjspeed
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Great place to learn a bit more about Eleanor. 15 min video then escorted house tour followed by on your own time in museum/cottage.

1  Thank Bill M
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WHETHER IT'S OPEN ON WEDNESDAY.. One of the reviewers said it wasn't. Thank you.
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!
Are there any good picnic spots at Val-Kill?
2 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
How long does the tour last?
6 November 2016|
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Response from agb427 | Reviewed this property |
About an hour