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“A place in history”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Val-Kill Cottage

Val-Kill Cottage
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US$65.00*
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Hudson Valley New York Great Estates Pass
Ranked #3 of 21 things to do in Hyde Park
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Owner description: The home of Eleanor Roosevelt that is located on the Roosevelt estate and is open to the public.
Philadelphia
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97 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“A place in history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2013

The film before the tour was great. The house was decorated with either orginal pieces or good duplications. However, the tour was limited to two rooms and the porch. The tour guide talked on and on and repeated things that were in the film. The cost wasvery reasonable.

Visited October 2013
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New Castle, Pennsylvania
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303 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Fascinating”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

Eleanor Roosevelt's cottage is a window into her character and the life she led. The film is well worth the 15 minutes and the guides are knowledgeable and passionate about their subject. The setting is also beautiful. There is a walk from the parking lot equal to approximately a city block or so.

Visited October 2013
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Haddonfield, New Jersey
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98 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Peaceful and Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

Unfortunately we did not have fime for the formal tour (video and tour = 1 hr and $10.00) but we did enjoy the grounds and gift shop. We walked one of the two 1 mile long trails on the property, and also looked in and around the garden; beautiful dalhias and enormous pumpkins!. The gift shop offers Eleanor Roosevelt items and other attractive things for purchase. Staffed by friendly park rangers. Saw a couple enjoying a picnic on the grounds - a great idea. I will return for the tour and the the second hike on my next trip to the Hudson Valley.

Visited October 2013
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New York City, New York
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145 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“a nice relaxing bit of history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

A really nice place to spend an hour. Nice guides and the grounds are lovely. The film is worth watching and the guides are friendly and informative. Worth a visit!

Visited September 2013
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Andover, Massachusetts
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126 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“A home to a remarkable lady”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

Val-Kill (aka Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site) was the place that Eleanor called home. Nothing fancy even though heads of state visited. Tucked in the woods, with a stream there is a sense of peace about it which must have been very welcomed respite from her extensive travelling. The introductory movie and tour is about an hour. The history of Val Kill is very interesting and I will not spoil it for you. Go and enjoy! There is a walking trail that takes you to FDR's place and library (about 2 miles) and then another 2 miles to the Vanderbilt Mansion.

Visited September 2013
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