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Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site

The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site preserves the Springwood estate in Hyde Park, New York. Springwood was the birthplace, … See more

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Dec 30, 2022
Took a tour of the FDR home and site and was truly amazed. There are a number of things to check out, a small fee for the house and museum and the grounds are free. The house itself was decorated f… Full review by Meowy
Dec 18, 2022
far, far better than we expected. We strongly suggest youth and church groups should attend this site. Full review by Scenic239615
Dec 17, 2022
Springwood, the home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, finally reopened after a three-year restoration and it really looks nice. They decorated the mansion the way it would have been decorated in Fr… Full review by Justin W

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Celebrating Franklin D. Roosevelt
Born in 1882, Franklin D. Roosevelt came from a long line of prominent New York Roosevelts. Although wealthy, spending their winters in New York City and summers on the Canadian Island of Campobello, Franklin's father James Roosevelt highly disapproved of showing his wealth. Their home on the Hudson, purchased in 1867, was of modest taste compared to the line of estates and mansions in the Hudson River Valley. The Springwood home was a large farmhouse built around 1800. Already featuring a three story tower and full length porch, James Roosevelt added two rooms, enlarged the servants quarters wing, and built a large carriage house for his prized horses. The family enjoyed the Springwood property, raising cattle and horses, hunting, fishing and boating. Young Franklin enjoyed the outdoors, remembering his childhood days in the estate's woods and fields as a paradise. By 1915, another tower was added to the Springwood to balance the facade, featuring large fieldstone wings. The exterior was stuccoed, a third story added, and a large fieldstone terrace and a columned portico replaced the porch. The Springwood Home and surrounding 33 acres were donated to the American people by FDR in 1943. Here at the National Historic Site, FDR's life as New York Governor and America's only four term president is celebrated. Greeted at the Henry A Wallace Visitor Center, visitors will find the FDR Library and Museum, numerous outbuildings, the Springwood Home, and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's gravesite. Admission to the Springwood grounds is free and open from sunrise to sunset every day. Tours tickets are available at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center for the Springwood, and include the FDR Presidential Library and Museum. Directions
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The Place Fdr Considered Home
"All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River" FDR This quote captures FDR's connection to Springwood, the estate that he loved & the place he considered home. The first US Presidential Library was started by FDR here. Visit the Home of FDR and Presidential Library & Museum to learn about the only President elected to four terms. The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site preserves the Springwood estate in Hyde Park, New York, United States of America. Springwood was the birthplace, lifelong home, and burial place of the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The National Historic Site was established in 1945. Roosevelt was born in what was then the second floor tower bedroom at the south end of the house. At the time, it functioned as the master bedroom; the bedroom which he and later his sons used during boyhood is nearby on the same floor. After marrying Eleanor Roosevelt in 1905, the young couple moved in with his mother. The estate remained the center of Roosevelt's life in all stages of his career. During his presidency alone, he came for almost 200 visits. The estate functioned as a "Summer White House" where the President hosted his political associates as well as other prominent national and international figures. In June 1939, when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by Prime Minister of Canada William Lyon Mackenzie King as minister in attendance, made the first visit of a reigning Canadian monarch to the United States, they were hosted at Springwood. Other guests included Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill, as well as European royalty such as Queen Wilhelmina, Princess Juliana, and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, and Crown Prince Olaf and Crown Princess Märtha of Norway. Further, Roosevelt used the estate as a retreat for himself and his political associates on the eves of all elections in which he ran for president. When the incoming results indicated that he had won the election, he would go outside onto the front terrace to deliver his acceptance speech.
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