Experience the retreat-style home of former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Located in Hyde Park, New York, this rural site features the historic estate Val-Kill Cottage. Mrs. Roosevelt was one of Read more...
Experience the retreat-style home of former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Located in Hyde Park, New York, this rural site features the historic estate Val-Kill Cottage. Mrs. Roosevelt was one of our nation’s most beloved figures. She served from 1933 to 1945 during her husband’s four terms as president.
Take a guided tour through the L-shaped Val-Kill Cottage. The two-story structure was once a furniture factory. It was created by Mrs. Roosevelt during the Great Depression to help people learn a trade. Mrs. Roosevelt used the cottage as a retreat until her husband’s death. She made it her permanent home from 1945 until passing away in 1962.
Roam the 181-acre property and take note of Stone Cottage. This building has a fieldstone fireplace that was a favorite of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is now a small museum. Today, the cottage remains mostly unchanged since it was used by the Roosevelts. You can also view the Dollhouse. Mrs. Roosevelt kept this small colonial-style structure for her grandchildren to enjoy.
While touring the grassy estate, it’s easy to imagine Mrs. Roosevelt relaxing here with a book. She is known for her work as an advocate for human rights.
This is the only National Historic Site commemorating a first lady. It was established in 1977 through a bill signed by former President Jimmy Carter.