HYDE PARK: VAL-KILL, SPRINGWOOD, FDR LIBRARY & VANDERBILT MANSION  
BUS TOUR: Take a summertime journey up the Hudson River. We have made special arrangements to visit Val-Kill, the very private “snuggery” of Eleanor Roosevelt. Commemorate the life and work of this outstanding woman in American history. Discover more about the humanitarian concerns to which she devoted her considerable intellect.

At Noon, we will tour Springwood, the lifelong home of Franklin D. Roosevelt – America’s only 4-term President. After the tour, time will be allotted for picnic lunches and to visit the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, operated by the National Archives. Stroll the grounds, walk the trails of this 300-acre site, or view the gravesites of Franklin, Eleanor, and their beloved Scottie dog “Fala,”

At 3:30 PM, we will tour the Frederick Vanderbilt Mansion, a grand architectural representation of the era Mark Twain called "The Gilded Age." McKim, Mead and White designed the handsome neoclassical mansion in 1898. In 1906, Whitney Warren, the Vanderbilt relative who co-designed Grand Central Terminal, made final alterations to the mansion.

The mansion remains much as it was – sited on 600 acres – purchased because of Mr. Vanderbilt’s love of horticulture. The beautiful grounds include walking trails, formal gardens, and a spectacular view of the Hudson River. Until the 1930s, lavish parties and balls were held here in the summer and fall. Guests were drawn from America's wealthiest families and European nobility. The mansion required a staff of seventeen workers, including Hyde Park townspeople. The mansion’s own farm provided the meats, fruits, and vegetables for the larder.

If time permits, we’ll also visit St. James Church, an important spiritual anchor for the Roosevelt and Vanderbilt families and the site selected by President Roosevelt for his funeral service.

Please bring your own Picnic Lunch with beverage. There are no food services on site.
You may want to bring a snack or beverage for the bus ride.
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Date: Sunday May 24, 2015
Time: 6:45 AM  to approximately 7:30 PM
Cost: $115 in advance | $135 on-site, if available (Check to Johanna Sterbin)
Meet: Hotel Waldorf=Astoria.
Bus generally parks on East 49th Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues
Train: IRT 6 Train to 51st Street (at Lexington Avenue)
Take any Lexington Avenue bus to 49th Street.
Tours operate rain or shine. Please dress appropriately. For more information or to confirm meeting locations please call (212) 223-2777. Please note that tours sometimes run late. While tours are rarely cancelled you can call the number above to confirm, or join our mailing list to keep informed of cancellations due to extreme weather conditions.
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