Hyde Park in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Preserving a Presidentís View
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt Natíl Hist Pk
James Roosevelt purchased a house on 110 acres alongside the Hudson River in 1867. Both he and his son, FDR, cherished the vista from the south lawn, which provided the backdrop for many family, community, and political events. Eventually, this view encompassed the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge (1888) and the Mid-Hudson Bridge (1930).
In 1943 the President wrote a memorandum outlining management of his property once the government took ownership of it. The document included a provision to preserve the vista to the river and to the south and west of the main house. Ironically, as part of his forest management experiments, FDR planted many of the trees that have obscured some of these views.
The land conservation organization Scenic Hudson, working with the National Park Service, has led efforts to protect the natural splendor of this area. They have conserved nearly 1,000 acres to ensure the magnificent vistas you enjoy today in this premier destination.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 41° 46.006′ N, 73° 56.139′ W. Marker is in Hyde Park, New York, in Dutchess County. Marker is on Albany Post Road (U.S. 9), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The heart of Franklin Roosevelt (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Springwood (about 300 feet away); The World Mourns (about 500 feet away); Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library (about 600 feet away); Home by the Hudson (about 700 feet away); Hyde Park RR Station (approx. 1.5 miles away); Hyde Park World War I Monument (approx. 1.6 miles away); Hyde Park Vietnam War Monument (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hyde Park.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a photograph of FDR and Eleanor sitting on the south lawn. A photograph at the upper left of the marker includes the caption “FDRís bedroom faced a beloved view – the Hudson Valley across the south lawn.”
Also see . . . Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site. National Park Service. (Submitted on April 6, 2016, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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