May 4-6, 2018
Hyde Park, NY
Knickerbocker Tours offers a two-and-one-half day introduction to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. The event will feature tours of the homes of FDR and ER (Springwood, Val-Kill, & Top Cottage), sessions with National Park Service staff describing their work in maintaining and curating these national treasures, informational sessions on the life stories of ER and FDR and the wider world into which they were born, and more! This will be a small group event of no more than 20, allowing participants maximum engagement, and is geared to the interested lay-person looking to learn about Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt as people and as life partners.
Day 1 (Friday May 4th)
Focus on Franklin
The Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home serves as the Visitors' Center and will be our base for the day. We'll have a conference room with a light breakfast available beginning at 8:30am, followed by morning presentations relating to the life of FDR and a walking tour of the grounds and outbuildings of his boyhood home. A sandwich lunch will be provided. Afterwards visit the Presidential Library and Museum, take a tour of Springwood, FDR's boyhood home, and complete the day learning about the curatorial work of the National Park Service and the Hyde Park of FDR's day from someone who lived it.
Day 2 (Saturday May 5th)
Focus on Eleanor
We shift venues, to the home of Eleanor Roosevelt at Val-Kill. The day begins in similar fashion to Day 1 with a light breakfast at 8:30am followed by morning presentations on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt, sandwich lunch, and a tour of Eleanor's home. Following our tour of Eleanor's home we'll take a bus trip to Oak Terrace, the home of Eleanor's grandmother Hall, where Eleanor spent much of her childhood. On the way back we'll visit both St. Paul's & Trinity Parish Church in Tivoli and St. James Church in Hyde Park.
Day 3 (Sunday May 6th)
Visit to Top Cottage and Reflections
Spend the morning on your own with a repeat visit to the presidential museum before meeting at the Wallace Center at 11:00am for a bus ride to Top Cottage, built by FDR and intended to be his post-presidential home. Top Cottage offers a unique opportunity to gather in a relaxed atmosphere and discuss the remarkable lives of Franklin and Eleanor and their profound partnership.
Cost: $145 per person
Note: This event will be limited to the first 20 people to register and pay the registration fee.
To register, please call Steve Adams at (607) 592-1583, or contact Steve via email. Payment can be made by check or by credit card over the phone.
Motel accommodations are available in Hyde Park. A list of local motels can be provided upon request. Inclusion in the list does not imply any recommendation.