Widely recognized as the most influential woman of her time, Eleanor Roosevelt is the only First Lady with a park site dedicated to her memory. Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, authorized in 1977, preserves Eleanor's personal retreat, which President Franklin D. Roosevelt carved out of a remote corner of his family's
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The Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site preserves Eleanor's personal
retreat. She is the only First Lady with a park site dedicated to her memory.
A bumpy country lane, passing through fields and woods and over a noisy plank bridge, leads visitors to the two main buildings of the site. Eleanor shared the little fieldstone cottage, built in 1925, with her friends Marion Dickerman and Nancy Cook. A skilled cabinetmaker, Cook designed and built most of the cottage's furniture.
The project was so successful that the trio built a larger building nearby to house a small furniture factory. Until it closed during the Great Depression, Val-Kill Industries hired local people to make handmade furniture. After
Today, Val-Kill Cottage is a
Eleanor Roosevelt was the first First Lady to hold press conferences, but she only allowed female reporters to attend those candid meetings.
Eleanor believed that the American public had a right to know what the people in the White House were thinking and doing. By inviting only women, however, she helped many female journalists break into the male-dominated world of political reporting.
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site Information
Address: 4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538
Hours of Operation: Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. May - October except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
Admission: Val-Kill Guided Tour $8; Ages 15 and under are Free
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Eric Peterson is a Denver-based freelance writer who has contributed to numerous guidebooks