The King and president and family gathered at the Roosevelt home in Hyde Park, N.Y., during the tour of Canada and the United States in 1939. From left are first lady Eleanor Roosevelt; King George VI; Sarah Delano Roosevelt, the presidents mother; Queen Elizabeth; and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Associated Press. King George VI was the first British monarch to visit the USA.
Frederick William Vanderbilt bought his Hyde Park, NY "gentleman's farm" in 1895. He worked with Charles McKim (of America's leading architecture firm McKim, Mead & White) to design the 50-room Classical mansion that was built in 1898. Frederick is the grandson of "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt, the shipping and railroad magnate.