|Hyde Park, New York|
Hyde Park is a small town on the Hudson River located 100 miles from downtown New York City. In 1867, FDR's father purchased a large farmhouse and transformed it into Springwood, the family home and heart of the Roosevelt's Hudson Valley estate. ER moved into the mansion after she married FDR in 1905. After FDR's death in 1945, the family gave Springwood to the federal government to complete the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site. ER then made Val-Kill Cottage, the old Val-Kill Industries factory she had converted into a cottage for herself in 1936, her primary residence.
Sources: The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, "What is Val-Kill," Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. Internet on-line. Available From http://www.nps.gov/elro/teaching.htm; Otis L. Graham, Jr. and Meghan Robinson Wander, eds., Franklin D. Roosevelt: His Life and Times (New York: Da Capo Press, 1985), pp. 196-198.
Recommended citation: Eleanor Roosevelt, John Kennedy, and the Election of 1960: A Project of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, ed. by Allida Black, June Hopkins, John Sears, Christopher Alhambra, Mary Jo Binker, Christopher Brick, John S. Emrich, Eugenia Gusev, Kristen E. Gwinn, and Bryan D. Peery (Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 2003). Electronic version based on unpublished letters. http://adh.sc.edu.
For more information, visit The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers home page at http://www.gwu.edu/~erpapers/.
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