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Hyde Park in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Springwood

 
 
Springwood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 7, 2015
1. Springwood Marker
Inscription.  
The house before you today is dramatically different from the farmhouse FDRs father purchased in 1867. Over the years, the home reflected the changing circumstances in FDRs life. In good times, he expanded the house to meet the needs of his growing family and political career. In difficult times, he took refuge here. In all times, Springwood gave him a sense of continuity and stability.

1915 Eleanor and Franklin add 18 rooms to the house to better accommodate their large family.

1921 FDR contracts polio and loses the use of his legs. The trunk elevator is modified and becomes FDRs personal elevator.

November 3, 1936 The Roosevelt family after FDRs election to the Presidency. The portico was added to enhance the homes stateliness and to create a backdrop for political functions.

April 12, 1946 President Truman dedicates FDRs home as a National Park System site. Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson are among the dignitaries pictured at the ceremony.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This
Springwood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 7, 2015
2. Springwood Marker
historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the Eleanor Roosevelt, the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman series lists.
 
Location. 41° 46.05′ N, 73° 56.111′ W. Marker is in Hyde Park, New York, in Dutchess County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Albany Post Road (U.S. 9) and FDR Drive, on the left when traveling north. Located on the grounds of the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park NY 12538, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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 (here, next to this marker); The World Mourns (within shouting distance of this marker); Preserving a Presidents View (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library (about 300 feet away); Home by the Hudson (about 500 feet away); New Guinea Community Site (approx. 1.4 miles away); Hyde Park RR Station
Springwood - The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 7, 2015
3. Springwood - The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt
(approx. 1 miles away); Firefighter Paul Tegtmeier (approx. 1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hyde Park.
 
Also see . . .  Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, National Park Service. (Submitted on May 9, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Springwood - The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 7, 2015
4. Springwood - The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt
Springwood Living Room image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 5, 2016
5. Springwood Living Room
FDR's wheelchair can be seen at the left of the photo.
Inside Springwood image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 5, 2016
6. Inside Springwood
On top of the piano are photographs of dignitaries who stayed at Hyde Park. Seen on the left are King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain.
Trunk elevator image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 5, 2016
7. Trunk elevator
As stated on the marker, this elevator is modified and used by Franklin Roosevelt as his personal elevator after he was stricken with polio.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 366 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 9, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.   5, 6, 7. submitted on April 5, 2016, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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