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Map 2: Eleanor Roosevelt's Home at Val-Kill.
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(Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site)

In 1925 Eleanor Roosevelt had a stone cottage constructed on a portion of the property to serve as a retreat for herself and her friends. A year later a second building was constructed to house a small furniture factory to employ local craftsmen. After the factory closed in 1936, the building was converted to a cottage. It was this cottage (christened "Val-Kill Cottage") that Roosevelt chose to use as her permanent home after her husband's death in 1945.

1. Locate the Stone Cottage and Val-Kill Cottage.

2. What can you tell about the kinds of activities that took place at Val-Kill?

3. Would you have called a home like Roosevelt's a "cottage"?

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