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FDR Hyde Park

4097 Albany Post Road Hyde Park, New York

TYPE: Historic Site Historic Site
AGE: Ages 5 & Up

Presidential homesteads offer kids an opportunity to learn while they have fun and explore. Seeing their surroundings suddenly makes them human. It's a great way to illustrate to kids that history is made by real people, just like them.

Franklin D. Roosevelt's lifelong home, Springwood, was a modest farmhouse when FDR's father built it. Franklin expanded it in an eclectic Dutch colonial style, giving it an imposing redbrick porticoed facade. He entertained Winston Churchill, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth of England, and many other dignitaries here. He also designed his own presidential library, the nation's first. A wooded trail leads from Springwood to their pair of private cottages where FDR and Eleanor could escape the pressures of political life. They are buried in the rose garden on the grounds. tel. 800/FDR-VISIT [337-8474]; www.nps.gov/hofr.

Telephone: 800/337-8474

Website: www.nps.gov/hofr
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