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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?
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.