"The greatest thing I have learned is how good it is to come home again," Eleanor Roosevelt once told a friend.
This simple statement expresses her love for the modest house near the Hudson River she called Val-Kill, the only home that was ever hers. Eleanor Roosevelt chose Val-Kill for her retreat, her office, her home, and her "laboratory" for social change during the prominent and influential period of her life from 1924 until her death in 1962. During that time she formulated and carried out her social and political beliefs. This is the place most closely associated with one of the most prominent women of 20th-century America.