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Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
In southeastern New York, in Hyde Park
Eleanor Roosevelt used Val-Kill Cottage in her younger years as a retreat and in her later years as her home, where she entertained heads of state. It was built as a factory building for Val-Kill Industries before being converted to a house in 1937. The site was authorized on May 26, 1977.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Touring home and grounds. Facilities: Playhouse with introductory film, furnished home, Rose Garden, Cutting Garden, The Stone Cottage conference center, walkways and trails. Programs & Events: Guided tours (reservations required July, Aug., and Oct.). Tips & Hints: Allow one hour for film and tour, more for viewing landscaped grounds and walking trail. Busiest in Aug. and Oct., least crowded Jan. and Feb.
FOOD & LODGING
Camping: None at site. In Rhinebeck: Interlake RV Park (428 Lake Dr., tel. 845/266-5387; 159 sites; $25-$32; flush toilets, showers, hook-ups). Hotels: None at site. In Hyde Park: Golden Manor (4100 Albany Post Rd./U.S. 9, tel. 845/229-2157; 40 rooms; $55-$65), Super 8 (4142 Albany Post Rd./U.S. 9, tel. 845/229-0088 or 800/800-8000; 61 rooms; $77-$81). Restaurants: None at site. In Hyde Park: Eveready Diner (540 Albany Post Rd./U.S. 9, tel. 845/229-8100; $4-$10), Hyde Park Brewing Co. (4076 Albany Post Rd./U.S. 9, tel. 845/229-8277; $4-$7).
FEES & HOURS
Free. Guided tour $8 adults, free ages 16 and under. $22 for combination pass to FDR site and either Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site (see separate listing) or Top Cottage tour (see Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site). Site open May-Oct., daily 9-5; Nov.-Apr., Thurs.-Mon. 9-5. Grounds open daily until sunset.
HOW TO GET THERE
In Hyde Park, two hours north of New York City on Rte. 9G. From U.S. 9, make a right on St. Andrews Rd. (Rte. 40A). Turn left on Rte. 9G. Home is on the right. Closest airport: Newburgh (45 mi)should really give NYC distance - most people are going to fly in there.
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site (4097 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park, NY 12538, tel. 845/229-9115; 800/967-2283 house tours, fax 845/ 229-0739, ). Dutchess County Tourism Promotion Agency (3 Neptune Rd., Suite M17, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, tel. 800/ 445-3131 or 845/46-4000).
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. Basic information for tourists visiting the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site In southeastern New York, in Hyde Park