Hyde Park is home to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's home, "Springwood", and the Presidential Library and Museum, operated by the National Archives. Guided and self-guided tours of the Museum are available and visitors are invited to stroll the grounds, gardens, and trails of this 300-acre site.
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library is the first of the presidential libraries and was built in 1939-1940 to house the vast quantity of historical papers, books, and memorabilia the President had accumulated during a lifetime of public service and private collecting.
The Library contains papers from all of Roosevelt's political offices, New York state senator (1910-13), assistant secretary of the Navy (1913-19), governor of New York (1929-32), and President of the United States (1933-45) and his private collections of papers, books, and memorabilia on the history of the U.S. Navy and Dutchess County, New York. In keeping with Roosevelt's wishes, the Library also contains the papers of Eleanor Roosevelt.
Built on land donated by Franklin D. Roosevelt and his mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt with privately donated funds of $376,000, the Library was donated to the federal government on July 4, 1940.