ROOSEVELT-VANDERBILT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES, NY
part ofRoosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site, National Park Service
Overview:Hyde Park, New York, is home to the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Sites, including "Springwood," the lifelong home of America's only four-term president who led the country through the Great Depression and into World War II. Also on the site is the Presidential Library and Museum, the Vanderbilt Mansion Historic Site and Val-Kill, the cottage and historic site of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
Visitors may enjoy a guided tour of FDR's home or take a self-guided tour of the Museum and stroll the grounds, gardens and trails of this 300-acre site. The Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center offers an introductory film, helping visitors learn more about these stunning and well-preserved historic buildings.
Also available is Roosevelt's "Top Cottage," a place that he built in 1938 to escape the pressures of life at Springwood. He brought close friends and political allies here to discuss the state of the world or to simply relax. Designed by Roosevelt to emulate the Dutch colonial architecture found throughout the Hudson River Valley, the structure was planned with accessibility in mind to accommodate his wheelchair and give him greater independence.
The only National Historic Site dedicated to a First Lady, Val-Kill is a charming cottage, complete with sprawling gardens where Mrs. Roosevelt often entertained guests. Eleanor Roosevelt chose Val-Kill for her retreat, her office, her home, and her "laboratory" for social change during the prominent and influential period of her life from 1924 until her death in 1962. Visitors may tour Mrs. Roosevelt's Val-Kill Cottage and enjoy the introductory film "Close to Home."
The Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site was established as a monument to an era rather than a tribute to any one person or family. The estate illustrates a way of life modeled on the English country house and is only unusual today because so few examples have survived over the past century.
More than a place to discuss the lifestyles of the rich and famous, the park offers a window into the philosophy of the American country house, the lives of its domestic staff and its relationship to the surrounding community.
In addition to a tour of the house, visitors may stroll the 211 acres of park land that boast centuries-old trees, stunning Hudson River and Catskill Mountain views and Italian Gardens maintained by the volunteers of the Frederick William Vanderbilt Garden Association.
Know Before You Go:
Getting There:The site is located about 90 miles north of New York City and 70 miles south of Albany, New York.
Mailing Address:4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park NY 12538
Phone Number:Information: (845)229-5320