Franklin D Roosevelt Home

Historic Building in Hyde Park

Rangers lead interesting hour-long tours around Springwood, the home of Franklin D Roosevelt (FDR) who won a record four presidential elections and led America from the Great Depression through WWII. Considering his family wealth, it's a modest abode, but can be unpleasantly crowded in summer. Intimate details have been preserved, including his desk – left as it was the day before he died – and the hand-pulled elevator he used to hoist his polio-stricken body to the 2nd floor.

The home is part of a 1520-acre estate, formerly a working farm, which also includes walking trails and the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, which details important achievements in FDR's presidency. Admission tickets last two days and include the Springwood tour and the presidential library.