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Val-Kill

Eleanor Roosevelt's home Val-Kill, 
in Hyde Park, NY 
Photo courtesy Hyde Park Web Committee

"The greatest thing I have learned is how good it is to come home again." - Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt's home Val-Kill, 
in Hyde Park, NY 
Photo courtesy Hyde Park Web Committee

Built in 1925, Val-Kill served at various times as a retreat for Eleanor Roosevelt and her friends, a furniture shop training local farmers, an multi-purpose shop including pewter making and weaving, a picnic site for the Roosevelt family and, finally, as the home of the First Lady after her husband died.

The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill

National Historic Site


Patio of Eleanor Roosevelt's 
retreat Val-Kill 
Photo courtesy Hyde Park Web Committee

The main building at Val-Kill was originally a furniture factory.


Back of Val-Kill 
Photo courtesy Hyde Park Web Committee

Franklin Roosevelt described Eleanor as wanting in Val-Kill "a shack on a stream in the back woods and want, instead of a beautiful marble bath, to have the stream dug out so as to form an old-fashioned swimming hole."


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