Illustration by Nebojsa Pejic
This is Eleanor Roosevelt’s retreat—a place of her own—a small stone cottage called Val-Kill which was away from her home in New York City, the mansion in Hyde Park, and the White House. This structure was her real home. It was a place away from her famous husband, away from her interjecting mother-in-law, and away from the ever-intruding world. It is said she was happiest in this little home in the country sharing moments with friends, or alone just being herself. Everyone needs a Val-Kill.