Go Back in Time Touring Historic Hyde Park Homes

If you are interested in history and architecture, you should pay a visit to Hyde Park when you are vacationing in New York. Historic Hyde Park homes are very popular attractions among tourists, and you will learn more about the illustrious history and culture of the town by visiting these places. BBOnline recommends that you go to these wonderful historic Hyde Park homes.

Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, New York 12538
(845) 229-9115
www.nps.gov/hofr/index.htm

One of the main reasons why people visit Hyde Park is because it is the place where President Franklin D. Roosevelt was born and buried. The estate where the president lived is called Springwood, and it was named a National Historic Site in the year 1945. Construction of the buildings in the estate began around 1800, with the establishment of a Federal-style farmhouse, which is presently part of the Springwood house. Over the years, the house underwent extensive remodeling, and other buildings were erected in the estate as well.

The Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site covers an area of 1 square-mile, and it consists of the Springwood home, the presidential library and museum, the Top Cottage, and the president's tomb. You will see many interesting documents and items that used to belong to the president, and the exhibits provide a comprehensive account of his life and work. The buildings are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. everyday, and admission fee is $14.00 per person.

The Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site is situated in the southwestern part of Hyde Park. You can get there from your Hyde Park Inn by driving west on Pine Woods Road, and then turning left into Albany Post Road.

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Valkill Park Road
Hyde Park, New York 12538
(845) 485-8411
www.nps.gov/elro/index.htm

After visiting the Franklin Roosevelt National Historic Site, most tourists will travel about 2 miles east to visit the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. The site is the place where you will find the Val-Kill, famous residence of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The house was built in 1925, and it served as the first lady's retreat, home and office. It was here that she formulated her political principles and welcomed famous guests such as John F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill. Most of the original furnishings in the house were replaced with replicas, but a few originals are still there.

Vanderbilt Mansion
119 Vanderbilt Park Road
Hyde Park, New York 12538
(845) 229-7770
www.nps.gov/vama/index.htm

The Vanderbilt Mansion is one of the historic Hyde Park homes that you must not fail to visit. This majestic structure was home to Frederick William Vanderbilt, one of the richest men in America during the 19th century, and it is a perfect example of Gilded Age country palaces owned by wealthy industrialists. It is a 54-room mansion that features Beaux-Art architecture and an American Renaissance interior. The entire estate has a total area space of 211 acres, and it consists of pleasure grounds that provide excellent views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains, as well as beautiful gardens, woodlands and many support structures. After touring the mansion, you should take a stroll in the gardens before you return to your Hyde Park Bed and Breakfast.