I’m not sure if you know it, but you own land in Dutchess County. To be more specific, we all do. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Estate in Hyde Park is a National Park, which means we all own a little piece of it. If you haven’t been, a trip is in order. The FDR Estate was our 32nd President’s childhood home, and a visit there brings you back to a quainter, more industrious time. There are beautiful walking trails and gardens for the outdoor folk, facts and trivia for the history buff, and educational tours and museums for the kids (in all of us). Recently I had the pleasure of visiting twice with my daughters and a local homeschooling group, and we had an incredible time. No matter your age, your interest, or your background, there is something for everyone on the FDR grounds.

Exploring one of the ground's beautiful streams

Exploring one of the ground’s beautiful streams

Peeking into FDR's stable

Peeking into FDR’s stable

The kitchen allows a glimpse of the Roosevelt lifestyle

The kitchen allows a glimpse of the Roosevelt lifestyle

A Roosevelt view of the Hudson Valley, with the Hudson River rushing by

A Roosevelt view of the Hudson Valley, with the Hudson River rushing by

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