A House that’s also a Home


It may be right next-door to the Vanderbilt Mansion, but Springwood, FDR’s family home, couldn’t be more dissimilar. Unlike the nouveau riche Vanderbilt’s, the Roosevelt’s were old money, and their home was comfortable, unpretentious and full of character. While the Vanderbilt’s had their robber baron guests, the Roosevelt’s opened their home to the likes of the King and Queen of England and Winston Churchill. Perhaps the most impressive part of the home is the centrally located dumbwaiter shaft. Inside you’ll see a chair on wheels and several thick ropes, which FDR used to hoist himself up and down the three floors of the home. It’s almost impossible to imagine the determination and courage of this man who was elected President so many times the politicians made sure it could never happen again.

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