Now Published: Cultural Landscape Report for Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
The National Park Service Park Cultural Landscapes Program is pleased to announce publication of Volume II of the Cultural Landscape Report for Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. Known as Val-Kill, the site preserves the Hudson Valley home of the renowned First Lady and advocate for human rights. The tranquil landscape of simple cottages and gardens surrounded by water, woods, and fields was both a refuge from politics and a place where Mrs. Roosevelt shared her values on a personal level. At Val-Kill, she hosted both disadvantaged youth and famous dignitaries, including Churchill, Reuther, and Kennedy, took daily walks in the woods, played with her grandchildren, and enjoyed summer cocktails with family and friends poolside.
Saved from redevelopment by grass-roots advocacy in the 1970s, the park rehabilitated the landscape during the 1980s, but aspects of its historic character remained obscure. With implementation of many of the report’s recommendations underway, the Cultural Landscape Report is guiding rehabilitation of the landscape to reflect its character at the height of Mrs. Roosevelt’s life at Val-Kill in the late 1950s. To learn more about the Val-Kill, please visit: www.nps.gov/elro
The Cultural Landscape Report was developed collaboratively by the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and the staff of Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites. To view a digital copy of the full report, please visit: irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/2195092