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“Highlight of my vacation”
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
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The home of Eleanor Roosevelt that is located on the Roosevelt estate and is open to the public.
Santa Barbara
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Highlight of my vacation”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

Having read so much about Mrs. Roosevelt, including Elliott Roosevelt's mystery novels, touring Val Kill was the highlight of my two week vacation. Wish I could take the tour again with this park ranger who is actually finishing her Master's Degree on Mrs. Roosevelt and made the tour sooo-o interesting. She told us little details we wouldn't want to miss when we went to Franklin's house and the Roosevelt library which made those tours fascinating. I was hesitant to spend time at the library but we ended up spending hours there at her recommendation.

Visited August 2014
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English first
Hershey, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“It was a treat to see Eleanor's place”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

The guide was informative and warmly welcoming. All questions were encouraged and thoughtfully answered.

Visited July 2014
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Copenhagen
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Interesting, not wow”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

The guided tour was very mechanical. She showed no enthusiasm. Could be that a different guide might have added excitement to our visit. There is not much to see of the house, as it's been remodeled several times, The Stone House, which is free, was more interesting and you should definitely do the walk through the forest from Val-Kill to Top Cottage. If you have limited time, use it all at the Roosevelt Library, Museum and Home.

Visited July 2014
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New York
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Down to earth”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

The simplicity with which Eleanor Roosevelt lived her life is not reflective of the enormous impact she had on the world. A humble woman with great vision and passion for uplifting ALL the down trodden in American life.Though limited by societies conventions of the time she sought to move beyond these boundaries.

Visited March 2014
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Thank Shan R
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Nyc
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Such an Interesting and humble first lady”
Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

Definitely a must visit. I learned so many things I never knew about Eleanor; especially impressed with her home's cozy atmosphere and lack of pretentiousness.
Allow an hour.

Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Jan K
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