Val-Kill Cottage, Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Site | Hyde Park Dutchess County New York
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Val-Kill Cottage, Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Site


Hyde Park

Dutchess County


photo of Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill Cottage Landscape, advocate for women's rights, Diplomat, U.S. First Lady, National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady, women of 20th-century America, fun things to do with your children this summer Val-Kill Cottage, Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Site

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Click to enlarge landscape photo of Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill Cottage.

Click to enlarge photo of Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill Cottage landscape. Eleanor Roosevelt, Diplomat, U.S. First Lady (1884Ė1962)

Cross over the bridge and pond to Eleanor Roosevelt's cottage at Val-Kill located on the grounds of the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site.

Eleanor, the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, changed the role of the first lady through her active participation in American politics. She gave press conferences, spoke out for human rights, was strongly involved in children's causes, and was a tireless advocate for women's rights. She stood against racial discrimination and traveled abroad to visit U.S. troops during World War II.

ď The greatest thing I have learned is how good it is to come home again. " by Eleanor Roosevelt whom expresses her love for the modest house she called Val-Kill; the only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady.


Click to enlarge photo of Bridge over Val-Kill Pond.

Click to enlarge photo of Bridge over Val-Kill Pond. 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.







Click to enlarge photo of Eleanor's Pond View at Val-Kill.

Click to enlarge photo of Eleanor's Pond View at Val-Kill. Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt's cottage and a National Historic Site, is located at Hyde Park, NY 12538 in Dutchess County; on the grounds of the FDR Estate.

Val-Kill is the place most closely associated with one of the most prominent women of 20th-century America.






Click to enlarge photo of Eleanor's home at Val-Kill.

Click to enlarge photo of Eleanor's cottage at Val-Kill. Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK) works to preserve Eleanor'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, held every summer.







Enjoy fun things to do with kids in summer on the grounds of the FDR Historic Site.

  • Become a Junior Secret Service Agent
    The Junior Secret Service Program at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt is designed for children ages 7-12. The handbook and badge are available at the front desk of the Wallace Center upon request. This kids activity is free!

  • Play like Franklin Roosevelt did in the olden days of the 19th century. Learn to use a Jacobís ladder, a jump rope, or the hoop and stick.

  • Enjoy a scheduled walk for children. Previous scheduled walks for children included:
    • - Springwood Stroll: A Historic Site Grounds Walk
      - ERís Woodland Walk: Nature Study at Val-Kill
      - FDRís Boyhood Fun

      Note: Children ages 4 and up, and for big kids of all ages.

    Press blue button for a schedule of events, fees and reservations, family events, kids sections, description of family walks and hikes on the grounds of the FDR estate, and things to do and know before visiting.

    The word is At least one day, preferably two, is recommended to experience Franklin D. Roosevelt, National Historic Site Springwood, Top Cottage retreat, and Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill Cottage; along with the grounds, the library, family events and more.



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