- Mrs. Roosevelt used Val-Kill as a personal retreat from her busy life. Val-Kill Cottage is the focal point of the historic site. It was originally built as a factory building for Val-Kill Industries and was converted to a home by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1937. Stone Cottage was built for her by FDR in 1925. The pastoral setting includes fields, trees, swamps and ponds.
Visitors to the Eleanor Roosevelt home enjoy the guided tours that capture the personal challenges, the home life and international efforts made by the former First Lady. The Rose Garden, Cutting Garden, pond and trails are available for touring. Visitors also enjoy fishing, bird watching, hiking and wildlife viewing.
The National Historic Site is located in Hyde Park, New York on Rt. 9G about 6 miles north of Poughkeepsie.
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