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Map 1: Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site and Surrounding Region.

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In 1911 FDR had purchased a parcel of property that adjoined the Roosevelt family estate in Hyde Park, New York, in order to plant trees. The Roosevelts enjoyed using this additional land for picnics and family gatherings. Val-Kill, as the property was called, was named after the nearby stream known as Fall Kill, which means "valley stream" in Dutch. "Val-Kill" is a combination of the Dutch name and its English translation.

1. Locate Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site (Val-Kill) and note that it is located in the Hudson River Valley.

2. A road and railroad run parallel to the Hudson River all the way to New York City. Use the map scale to calculate the distance from Val-Kill to New York City, where Roosevelt frequently commuted by train. Why would Roosevelt have needed to travel to New York City on a regular basis?

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