Hyde park is home to the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt. He returned to his home here often, drawing on this place to renew his spirit during times of crisis. When you visit the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, you can explore the Roosevelt saga in the homes of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the exhibits at the nation’s first Presidential Library, and over a thousand acres of trails and gardens.
In 1943, Franklin D. Roosevelt donated his estate to the American people under the condition that his family maintain a lifetime right to usage of the property. In 1945, after the family had relinquished their rights, the estate was transferred to the U.S. Department of the Interior. Since then, the estate has been a part of the National Park Service as a National Historic Site and is open to the public.
When you visit the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, you can take in the incredible rooms including:
Entrance Hall: The walls of the entrance hall are mostly covered with pieces from Roosevelt’s collection of paintings. In the corner behind the main staircase is a manually operated elevator, which the disabled president used to move between floors.
Living room and library: This room was the place where Roosevelt worked on his private collections of paintings, prints, books, coins, and more.
Music room: The music room is a formal parlor which contains many Chinese pieces of porcelain. Along with the dining room, this part of the house was the setting for the formal entertaining of guests.
Bedrooms of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt: During the enlargement of the house in 1915, a series of rooms was created for Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt in one of the new wings.
The “Snuggery”: This room was used by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s mother, Sara, for beginning her day and running the household.
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