Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-kill
“….the greatest thing I have learned is how good it
is to come home again.”
This simple statement expresses her love for her modest house near
the Hudson River, the only home that was ever hers.
The only National Historic Site dedicated to a First Lady, Val-Kill
welcomes you as Mrs. Roosevelt welcomed her many guests. Visitors
may tour Mrs. Roosevelt's Val-Kill Cottage and enjoy the lovely
gardens and grounds on the site. Be sure to see the brand new introductory
film “Close to Home”.
In this setting she received some of the most important world leaders
of the time. Nikita Khrushchev, Marshall Tito, Halie Selassie and
Jawaharial Nehru all came to Hyde Park to see Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s
grave and to pay their respects to his widow. She also played hostess
to Adlai Stevenson and John F. Kennedy.
This unassuming woman earned the title-in the words of President
Harry S. Truman- “First Lady of the World”.