A Day in Hyde Park
Trip Start May 14, 2012
13Trip End Jul 23, 2012
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We started with a tour of parts of the grounds, including the boyhood home of Franklin, Springwood, where he also lived as an adult. What an amazing place to have grown up. The inside of the house was ornate with heavy, dark woodwork, and furnishings which would have been expected in the home of such a well to do family.
Our guide, Ray, brought a personal touch to the history and story of the family's lives. He had started visiting the estate (called "the place" in casual conversation by the family) 44 years ago. Ray had written a letter to Eleanor when he was 10, asking her to hire his mother as a cook. This was during the last year or so of her life, and she didn't answer it. He has since found his letter in a collection of letters received by Eleanor in the site archives
We spent a couple of hours in the Library viewing the "new display" and I learned more about FDR and Eleanor than I learned in all my school history on all presidents.
We spent time in the coach house and stables, rose garden, visitor center and cafe. It was a wonderful day, and we were able to go back to the hotel and rest the dogs.