Val Kill

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Val-Kill, the cottage retreat of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The Val-Kill estate has been refurbished close to its original state when Eleanor occupied it during her life. The National Park Service maintains the entire Val-Kill site and provides tours for the general public. The Stone Cottage is maintained by the Friends Committee of ERVK.

ERLC was created to honor the legacy and continue the work of Eleanor Roosevelt. The organization focuses on social issues that concerned Mrs. Roosevelt, with projects and programs based on racial equality, human rights, youth development, and women’s empowerment.

It is not by chance that Eleanor Roosevelt remains one of the most influential and admired woman in history. Guided by a profound sense of compassion, unshakable empathy, unwavering integrity and remarkable intelligence, coupled with an equally profound desire to be of service, Eleanor Roosevelt was the embodiment of authenticity.

Her works, born of idealism and nurtured by a realistic recognition of the needs of all human beings, Eleanor Roosevelt mentored a nation and inspired a global community, completely transforming the ceremonial role of First Lady of the United States.

Still, no woman in modern history has left such a lasting impression for causes promoted, opinions expressed, distances spanned, people spoken to, words printed, or honors conferred.

The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill is changing the thoughts and actions of our time by developing transformational leaders empowered to shape their life and the lives of others.

We are inspiring a generation to lead through mind and heart. To understand their rights and the rights of others. To use their voice for determined action. To live to the maximum of one’s abilities and opportunities.