Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center


“ ….on my trips to Hyde Park from Washington, it was almost impossible to have any time to myself in the big house…..Therefore, I began talking about building a small place to go…..”

FDR’s Top Cottage retreat the place he built in 1938 to, "escape the mob" at Springwood. He also brought close friends and political allies here to discuss the state of the world or to simply relax. Designed by FDR to emulate the Dutch colonial architecture found throughout the Hudson River Valley, the structure was planned with accessibility in mind to accommodate his wheelchair and give him greater independence. Tours depart by shuttle from the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center. This is a two hour experience that includes a tour with commentary of the town of Hyde Park.