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“Great for history buffs”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Home
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Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in Hyde Park
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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.
Washington DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Great for history buffs”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2013

It is always interesting to see where famous historical figures lived and the FDR home was no exception. The house itself is set on a beautiful stretch of land, but is somewhat gloomy inside, due to all the dark wood and over decoration typical of the period. It's always wonderful to see a property like this with a guide who is not only knowledgeable but downright passionate about the place and its owners. Our guide was just great--he had so many details to share about FDR, his presidency and private and family life. We realized that FDR was a far greater president than we thought, and that his policies and programs truly saved and transformed this nation. The film which precedes the tour is also very informative and not to be missed.

Visited October 2013
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“Wonderful tour: thankyou National Parks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

This tour was terrific - knew we wanted to go here - long interest in US politics and the era and Eleanor and FDR. The National Parks Service run this site, along with Val Kill and the vanderbilt mansion. They are fabulous people, struggling against the odds.

The Roosevelts achieved so much, and goign here gives a little glimpse into the more private and personal side, as well as the historical. I found his wheelchair very poignant.

Visited September 2013
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“Frozen in time!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

The home and grounds are frozen in time. You can almost see and hear FDR talking to his wife, mother, advisors, and grandchildren here. The furniture, teh pictures, the stuffed birds . . . all of it reserved as if still waiting for him to return. The giude was great, but the museum/library does a great job of explaining this period in history. I have alos been to the JFK Presidential Library and this is just as amazing. I learned more about FDR and Eleanor in 4 hours, than in high school and college. What a great place and so beautiful in the Fall. Absolutely stunning views of the Hudson River Valley.

Visited October 2013
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Smithtown, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Not what we planned”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

We ended up at the FDR complex as part of a misadventure. We were supposed to be doing the "Upstairs/Downstairs" tour at the Vanderbilt, but between GPS and not very helpful National Park Service guides at the Visitor Information building (where they have all 3 NPS attractions on their tour boards) But I digress....after we were unable to take the tour we had called and signed up for, we ended up doing the FDR House, Rose Garden, and Library. It was very informative and ended up being okay even though it wasn't what we wanted to be doing.

Visited October 2013
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South Windsor, Connecticut
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“Wonderful Guide”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

As with many of these historical places, a great guide can make places like this interesting and alive as ours did - Shannon Butler. She obviously is a history buff and knows FDR well. The tour starts at the Visitor Center and there is a walk to the home, Springwood. Along the way you hear about the gardens and the gravesite. By the way the attraction listed on Trip Advisor separately as Springwood is this attraction.

You may take photos inside without flash. Light levels are low, so you need a steady hand. There are steps to the 2nd floor and no elevator. One of the interesting things you find out in the house is how FDR was able to pull himself to the 2nd floor by using a dumb waiter.

Visited October 2013
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