"The greatest thing I have learned is how good it is to come home again." Eleanor Roosevelt

This simple statement expresses her love for the modest house she called Val-Kill. The only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady, Val-Kill welcomes visitors in the style of Mrs. Roosevelt. Come and be part of the entire Roosevelt Experience at Val-Kill.




2015 Events for the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS.

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The Roosevelt Ride Shuttle Bus

The Roosevelt Ride 2015

The National Park Service operates the free "Roosevelt Ride" shuttle bus service from Poughkeepsie Metro-North Station 7 days a week, May - October.

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Every Kid In A Park

Every Kid In A Park

Fourth graders nationwide can visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families.

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Eleanor Roosevelt and Nancy Cook at Stone Cottage

Permanent Exhibit

"Eleanor Roosevelt and Val-Kill: Emergence of a Political Leader"

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Shaker Jr/Sr High School

NPS Call to Action: Adopted Class of 2016

Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement with the students of Shaker Jr/Sr High School in Latham, NY.

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Students Arriving at The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt NHS

The Bus Could Be on Us!

Hyde Park has a lot to offer, but all the history, culture and nature in the world will not make a difference if there is no bus money to get here.

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View of Mrs. Roosevelt's Sleeping Porch

Val-Kill Cottage

Val-Kill commemorates the life and work of an outstanding woman in American history and the issues to which she was devoted between 1924 and 1962.

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Geocaching is free real-world outdoor treasure hunt.


Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity that uses a GPS unit or smartphone to locate hidden containers.

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