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Bard Rock Vanderbilt Mansion Kayak Access

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Bard Rock is a picnic area and hiking destination and one of the only places within the FDR Home at Hyde Park where visitors can gain proximity to the Hudson River. It was park of the original estate established by Dr. John Bard in the 1700s. In 1890, the Bard Rock parcel was acquired by Samuel B. Sexton, where he lived until the main house was consumed by fire in 1899. In 1905, Frederick Vanderbilt purchased this tract reuniting it to Hyde Park estate grounds as it had been during earlier ownership. Vanderbilt removed numerous buildings from the area, including the Boat Captain's cottage, a pumphouse, and several buildings along the hill to the east. Vanderbilt retained only a Boat House which was later removed by the National Park Service.

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FDR Home Historic Site

Hyde Park , NY 12538