Eleanor Roosevelt National
National Park Service
4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, New York 12538
WELCOME to Eleanor Roosevelt
National Historic Site
�The greatest thing I have learned is how
good it is to come home again,� Eleanor
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.
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 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.
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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