• Val-Kill Cottage

    Eleanor Roosevelt

    National Historic Site New York

Things To Do

Hyde Park Explorer

Cell Phone Tours

You can experience more history about the park and surrounding area on your phone. While visiting the park, you can visit numerous points of interest. Just look for the "Hyde Park Explorer" trail markers and you can access our free audio files by calling 845-475-3819 and entering the stop number.



Here is a list of helpful instructions when you are on the trail:

Press 1 to Rewind

Press 2 to Pause/Play

Press 3 to Fast Forward

Press # to Stop

Press *0 to Leave Comments

Cell phone tours are also available for download to your personal MP3 device. To download the files, visit the Photos and Multimedia section of our website.

 

Hyde Park Healthy Trails - Walkabout Trail Map

Eleanor's Walk - Podcast Trail Tour

 
Val Kill

Val-Kill

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Val-Kill ( Eleanor Roosevelt's cottage) was originally a furniture factory started by Mrs. Roosevelt to teach young men from the area a trade during the depression. When the factory closed in 1936, Eleanor Roosevelt converted the factory into a retreat home. It became Mrs. Roosevelt permanent residence after the death of FDR in 1945. It was the only place Eleanor Roosevelt called home. The Roosevelt family enjoyed picnics and swimming parties at Val-Kill. They also entertained world leaders such as the king and queen of England, Winston Churchill, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Princess Martha of Norway as well as child star Shirley Temple at Val-Kill.

Did You Know?

Mrs. Roosevelt's Val-Kill

Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill was once the Roosevelt family retreat. The main building at Val-Kill was originally a furniture factory. Val-Kill is Dutch, for valley stream.