Home of Eleanor and Valk-Kill Industries Today
"Val-Kill today is much the same as I remember it as a child; virtually everything in its place of powerful landscape and memory remains untouched. A simple wooden gate marks the road winding its way beneath the canopy of trees - mostly birches and fir and pine - flanking the virgin woods and green fields that once belonged to it as part of the original Springwood estate that belonged to FDR's parents, James and Sara. The National Park Service, caretakers of this now National Historic Site, have marked the entry by a slightly formal yet unobtrusive sign that identifies it as Val-Kill, home of Eleanor Roosevelt. Immediately one notices the quiet and tranquility, broken only by the sounds of a breeze in the branches and the melodic cacophony of birds. Less than a mile up the narrow road one crosses a rickety wooden bridge (more substantial today than when I was a child) marking where Fall-Kill Pond once again becomes Fall-Kill Stream. It is at this point that one enters the realm of Eleanor Roosevelt's private world, the only place she would ever refer to as home." From David B. Roosevelt's Grandmère.
Eleanor Roosevelt & The UN
Black & white historic photos courtesy of The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum