2. Val-Kill

Stone Cottage at Val Kill

Val-Kill is another Hudson Valley estate related to the Roosevelts. It was home to Eleanor Roosevelt after Franklin D. Roosevelt died. It is operated by the National Parks Service under the name the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site and is the only National Historic Site dedicated to a First Lady. The cottage house was originally built to house Val-Kill Industries, which sought to revive handcraft traditions suitable for family-owned farms and was utilized by Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a model for New Deal recovery programs.

After Eleanor’s death, the house was subdivided into rental units. It was restored after being established as a National Park site in 1977.