Our final destination was Hyde Park, New York to see the birthplace and presidential library of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The grounds are just part of a larger park area that includes the Vanderbilt mansion and Eleanor Roosevelt’s home at Valkill. Between these sites and others nearby, we could have stayed all day. Perhaps we shall use this as a stopping point if our next road trip takes us to this area. On this day though, the sky was overcast with sprinkles – the first real threatening weather we have had during a tour day.
The site is but a small part of the former estate – although work is underway to purchase back some of the land to restore it to farming and forest use. We arrived at the visitor’s center, early enough to get tickets for the 11:00 tour – they go every half hour, and the tour tickets can go fast, so we were lucky. When Mum and my Boy bought the tickets, and found they would let me into the visitor’s center – after all, FDR’s dog Fala would be let in, and there was even a statue of Fala next to the information desk.
But I couldn’t go into the house, so Pop and I explored the grounds while they went in. It was fine with Pop, because they did not let photography inside the old house, and Pop loves to take photos almost as much as he likes to help write things down.