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“Inspiring”
Review of Val-Kill Cottage

Val-Kill Cottage
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US$73.00*
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Hudson Valley New York Great Estates Pass
Ranked #3 of 24 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.
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

Eleanore Roosevelt is my hero. Her life is inspiring and the tour and talk are entertaining and inspirational. It’s a lovely property with opportunities to walk the trails of the grounds for free.

Thank reg1309
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Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

I have visited many of the Roosevelts’ homes and am always amazed by how unassuming they are. Hyde Park and Campabello are grand, but in no way opulent and Warm Springs and ValKill are very simple. I can just imagine Eleanor using ValKill as a place to restore herself after all of her travels. The cottage is just so beautifully situated on a steam with sweeping views of the countryside. The cottage is small, simple and looks like your grandmother decorated. Because our group was small we were able to view the bedrooms and sleeping porch on the second floor. Our tour guide was excellent and accompanied us to the stone cottage where we were able to view some pieces made at ValKill Industries. I’m so happy that I was finally able to see this historic site. Again, the park service represents our tax dollars used wisely for all of us.

Thank NWRob
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

After an informative movie, the tour of Val Kill is short, as only a few rooms are open. Our tour guide, Cindy, was excellent at helping us learn more about Eleanor's life there. You can also visit the original site nearby, and read some of Eleanor's 7000 newspaper columns in the small visitor center. (I thoroughly enjoyed Cooper Leatherwood, the ranger at this center).
(Discovery: In National Park experiences, 1 Senior Pass admits a senior and 3 others of any age. Also, there are a couple of places for disability parking behind the center.)

Thank AJfromPA
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

Val Kill was one the stops on our US National Park Service package tour. We first toured the FDR home, museum, and library before Val Kill. This collage was built for her by FDR and is where she lived after his death. After a short video about the house and the business enterprise that Eleanor Roosevelt and her associates established in the home, we had a walking tour conducted by a US Park Ranger who further expanded the significance of the home and many of the furnishings within the house. Enjoyed our time here.

Thank Ernest O
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

With everything else to see at the Roosevelt home, it is easy to overlook Val-Kill Cottage but it is time well spent, especially for the insight it gives the visitor to life and person of Eleanor Roosevelt. The cottage is such a simple and rustic retreat but it's importance to Eleanor can not be overstated. There is a sense of the real person who lives at the center of so much of the 20th Century and her longing for simple life that she made for herself in this modest home. It adds so much to our understanding of this very important woman in both US and world history.

Thank VFYankee
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