Hyde Park, New York
Hyde Park is set in the western portion of Dutchess County along the Hudson River, just north of Poughkeepsie. Hyde Park is perhaps most well-known as the hometown of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It also is the home of The Culinary Institute of America.
Springwood is the name of the home of the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, part of the National Park Service. The Franklin D. Roosevelt presidential library and museum are both located on the property. Springwood is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as well as the President’s grandfather's home - the Isaac Roosevelt House and Val-Kill - the home of the president’s wife Eleanor. Both President and Mrs. Roosevelt are buried in Springwood’s rose garden.
Hyde Park is home to one of Frederick William Vanderbilt’s mansions on the banks of the Hudson River. The Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, one of America's finest examples of a Gilded Age country mansion, is a 54-room home designed by McKim, Mead & White.
The 19th century Mills Mansion was built by Morgan Lewis and his wife Gertrude in the hamlet of Staatsburg on the banks of the Hudson River. The mansion features house tours and the grounds hiking trails. Nearby is Norrie State Park, the Norrie Point marina and the Poughkeepsie Yacht Club.
According to the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, the town embraces its rich history even though there have been many changes in the area in the last decades. It notes, “The milestones suggested by Benjamin Franklin and erected to inform the horse riding postal carriers of mileage can still be seen along the highway.” The majestic sycamore trees along Route 9 have been growing for 250 years. The original churches still exist and like all other settlements in Dutchess County Hyde Park has an incredible history.