Friday, August 20, 2010

Jill, Matt and the CIA

So what do Jill, Matt, and the CIA have in common? Bet you can't figure it out.

Well the answer is that as of right now, all three are sitting in Hyde Park, NY.

No not that CIA, but the Culinary Institute of America is just two mils down the road from the Marina that we are all sitting in.

Jill and Matt made it to Poughkeepsie after work on Friday evening. We motored down from Saugerties in the morning and arrived at the Hyde Park Marina in the early afternoon.

This gave us enough time to go to Franklin D Roosevelt's home in Hyde Park. Luckily we had our bikes so it was only a short trip, except most of it was up hill. We had a very knowledgeable guide and gave us a history of the Roosevelt family. Their earliest ancestor came from Holland in 1646, and settled in Manhattan. It was not until the 4th generation that the family moved to the Hudson River Valley.

Here are two websites that may be of interest:

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site:

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

One interesting fact: This is the first Presidential library and the only Presidential library built for a sitting President. FDR was planning on only two terms and had already started the process to turn over the property to the US Government. When WW II started and he ran for a second term, he used the house at Hyde Park as a working library.

Tomorrow we are off south visiting Newburgh and possibly Beacon, NY


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