Lady and I left for Hyde Park at about 9:30 this morning. It was a nice drive along the Albany Post Road, and the traffic wasn’t bad even through Poughkeepsie. It is about 20 miles from here, so we arrived at a very good time. I hit the Visitors’ Center and stamped my passport book first, then spent some money in no time on a few items in the shop. They have so much there I think I could spend several months’ retirement money in no time at all. I got myself a t-shirt, a guidebook of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, and a couple of books for the kids. This is the V.C.
I presented my American the Beautiful senior pass and got free admission to the Home Tour & Museum. On the way to the home we stopped at the Rose Garden (no roses blooming yet) and Presidential grave site. The marble stone isn’t set on the graves, but in back of them. You can barely make out the mounds of earth under which lie Franklin and Eleanor; Franklin’s is marked by the flag.
I loved the house! It isn’t pretentious, and looks like it would have been a comfortable place to live. The huge library with lots of comfortable furniture was the President’s favorite room, and I think it would be mine as well. So many homes that are turned into museums have uncomfortable looking furniture that you wouldn’t dare sit on, but this one gives the appearance that life was actually lived there. Outside the kitchen door is the wash house, and I took a picture of probably what was the coal cellar – does anyone remember those? They had to heat the water for all the laundry such a house would generate.
The Museum and Library are currently under renovation both inside and out, but visitors are still allowed access – soon they will have to close it temporarily to finish renovations inside the building.
Speaking of the old girl, she is doing quite well. Still doesn’t like to jump in or out of the car, but is much better at the stairs, as well as in getting up and down and walking about.