Hyde Park, town (1990 pop. 21,230), Dutchess co., SE N.Y., on the Hudson River; settled c.1740. It is famous as the site of the Roosevelt estate, where President Franklin D. Roosevelt was born and is buried. The Roosevelt Library (1941) contains historical material dating from 1910 until Roosevelt's death in 1945. Adjacent Val-Kill, an estate used by Eleanor Roosevelt as her personal retreat, was built for her by her husband in 1925. Hyde Park is also the site of the Frederick W. Vanderbilt mansion and two state parks. All three homes are national historic sites (see National Parks and Monuments, table). The Culinary Institute of America is located in the city.
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