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Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site - BEST Places to Picnic

National Park Service
4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, New York 12538

General Information
(800) 337-8474

WELCOME to Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site


�The greatest thing I have learned is how good it is to come home again,� Eleanor Roosevelt

This simple statement expresses her love for the modest house she called Val-Kill. The only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady, Val-Kill welcomes visitors in the style of Mrs. Roosevelt. Come and be part of the entire Roosevelt Experience at Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill.

Val-Kill Cottage

Eleanor Roosevelt chose Val-Kill for her retreat, her office, her home, and her "laboratory" for social change during the prominent and influential period of her life from 1924 until her death in 1962. During that time she formulated and carried out her social and political beliefs. This is the place most closely associated with one of the most prominent women of 20th-century America.

Stone Cottage

Stone Cottage is located on the grounds at Val-Kill and was shared by Eleanor Roosevelt and her two friends, Nancy Cook and Marion Dickerman. The main building at Val-Kill served as a furniture factory. When the factory closed in 1936, Mrs. Roosevelt converted it into a cottage for herself. Upon FDR�s death, Val-Kill Cottage became her permanent home.

Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill

Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK) works to preserve ER's home as a living memorial, a center for exchange of significant ideas, and a catalyst for change and the betterment of the human condition. They offer programs such as the Girls Leadership Workshop which is held every summer.

Val-Kill Industries

Eleanor Roosevelt and her friends Nancy Cook, Marion Dickerman, and Caroline O�Day created Val-Kill Industries in 1926. Located on the Roosevelt family estate in Hyde Park, New York, Val-Kill Industries was a direct response to changing demographics in the local community. At Val-Kill, the Roosevelts promoted cottage industry as a means to employ young men, supplement the income of farming families, and sustain a healthy balance between rural agriculture and urban industry.

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