In my previous blog I mentioned I would continue exploring some of the great mansions of the Hudson Valley Region. With spring finally arriving and summer just around the corner this is a great time to visit the local mansions and a place to start is the Springwood Estate in Hyde Park.
Springwood Estate is the site of the birthplace, life-time home and burial place of FDR, the 32nd US president. It contains the Presidential Library and Museum and the Rose Garden where Franklin, his wife Eleanor are buried. The property consists of 290 acres, with hiking and walking trails that lead from the upper level, where the house is located, down to the Hudson River. Springwood is a National Historic Site, administered by the National Park Service, US Department of the Interior.
The FDR home was considered the Summer White House during Franklin’s four term presidency. It was formed from an original farmhouse built around 1800 in the Federal Style and later in the mid 1800’s it was given an Italianate style with the towers added and the rear piazzas.
The Museum features exhibits on the Great Depression, World War II, the New Deal and the lives of both Franklin and Eleanor. There are multimedia shows and rare historic documents. The Library is the nation’s first presidential library. For information about visiting FDR’s home and Library check out theVisitor’s Site.
Hyde Park, about 90 miles from NYC, on the eastern side of the Hudson River, is well know as a summer retreat for the wealthy from this era. The Vanderbilt Mansion also along Route 9 in Hyde Park as well as the MillsMansion in Staatsburg will be covered in my blog series.
If you are coming to visit FDR’s Home & Library on a Sunday be sure to check out any local open houses.
Barbara Dudley is a Broker/Manager at Houlihan Lawrence in East Fishkill, New York and can be reached at 845-227-4400 x 222.
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