Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park

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Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site was established by the U.S. Congress to commemorate the life and accomplishments of Eleanor Roosevelt. Once part of the larger Roosevelt family estate in Hyde Park, New York, today the property includes the 181 acres (73 ha), buildings and other historic features that Eleanor Roosevelt called Val-Kill. It is located approximately two miles east of Springwood, the Franklin D. Roosevelt home. It is a few hundred feet east of New York State Route 9G, along which runs the Dutchess County bus route C to Tivoli.

Eleanor Roosevelt created and shared Val-Kill with her friends Nancy Cook and Marion Dickerman. At Val-Kill, they established Val-Kill Industries to employ local farming families in handcraft traditions. The Roosevelts frequently used Val-Kill's relaxed setting for entertaining family, friends, political associates, and world leaders. Nancy and Marion sold their interest in the property to Eleanor and moved to Connecticut shortly after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945. Val-Kill then became Eleanor Roosevelt's primary residence and the place most associated with her. After her death, Val-Kill was converted into rental units and later sold to developers. A public campaign ensued to save Val-Kill and it was declared a National Historic Site in 1977. It is now managed by the National Park Service.

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  • While not the grand house of FDR, this cottage, the only one Eleanor ever owned, is a must to visit to learn about her early life. 
    While not the grand house of FDR, this cottage, the only one Eleanor ever owned, is a must to visit to learn about her early life.  more »
  • Val-Kill was constructed in 1924-26 and it was used as a factory to train local farmers to make various products to supplement their incomes. Later the cottage was used to entertain foreign leaders... 
    Val-Kill was constructed in 1924-26 and it was used as a factory to train local farmers to make various products to supplement their incomes. Later the cottage was used to entertain foreign leaders...  more »
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  • Beautiful place. It was such a gorgeous day that we skipped the tour of the cottage and just walked the grounds and the trails. It's all friendly trails and absolutely beautiful. People were fishing in the Fall-Kill Stream. An absolutely lovely place. It makes you want to learn more about the fascinating person who lived there.
  • It is the home of Eleanor Roosevelt after FDR died. The greatest first lady and our first ambassador to the United Nations. Knowledgeable park rangers added to the history behind the building and why she made it her home. The grounds are beautiful with trails to walk.

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