FDR National Historic Site Viewshed -- Lloyd, Ulster County

Friday, March 12, 2010 -- Scenic Hudson

In December 2009, Scenic Hudson protected 190 riverfront acres directly across from FDR's Home and Presidential Library

View of the newly protected property from the FDR National Historic Site.photo: Robert Rodriguez, Jr. Considered the most important unprotected landscape visible from the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, this acquisition halts proposed residential development of these forested acres directly across the river from FDR’s home and Presidential Library, linchpins of the valley’s $4.7-billion tourism economy. The property also features prominently in views from nearby Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, another popular tourist destination in Hyde Park. Prohibited from acquiring the land, the National Park Service encouraged Scenic Hudson to complete this transaction. Located within the Esopus-Lloyd Scenic Area of Statewide Significance -- designated by the New York Department of State for possessing outstanding scenic and historic resources -- the property also features a variety of non-tidal wetlands, including numerous vernal pools, which play a critical role in sustaining the region’s biological diversity. The purchase is part of Scenic Hudson’s collaborative campaign to Save the Land That Matters Most, protecting 65,000 acres of great scenic, ecological and agricultural significance.

Project highlights

  • Directly across Hudson River from Home of FDR National Historic Site
  • Prominently visible from Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
  • Located within Esopus-Lloyd Scenic Area of Statewide Significance
  • Productive wetlands provide critical wildlife habitat


To view the FDR National Historic Site Viewshed in relation to other nearby protected lands, download this map (pdf, 430k)