We stopped by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s home in Hyde Park, NY on Saturday. Owned by his family since 1867, FDR was literally born in the house (actually, in that very bed, above) and visited there often during much of his four terms as president, until he died in 1945. Also in the house, wife Eleanor and his notoriously strong-willed mom, Sara; one can only imagine the arguments that must have taken place over the decor, like the lovely chintz wallpaper in the upstairs guest bedroom. (See next page for more photos.) These days you can take a guided tour that points out many details of his life reflected in the house, from the stuffed birds he hunted as a boy to the manual elevator built to accommodate his wheelchair. The downstairs level was a little too dark and gloomy to take good photos, but the bedrooms on the second floor were impressive with their classic early American furniture and stately manor. We especially loved the carved beds and embroidered white linens. A national historic site, the home is open to visitors all year round. Visit www.nps.gov for more info.
Franklin D’s bedroom had a beautiful tasseled bed spread.
Churchill in Chintz? He was one of the guests who slept here.
Detail of the wallpaper.
Who’s this pretty child? Franklin as young boy.