ROOSEVELT PRESIDENTIAL & FIRST LADY VAL-KILL PEWTER SRV
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Val-kill. Val-kill Industries. Val-kill furniture. Val-kill pewter. A great many people are unfamiliar with what these words mean. Some people may have seen furniture or pewter items stamped with Val-kill. It is a complicated and overlapping history of one of the business ventures of Anna Eleanor Roosevelt and her home site in Hyde Park, N.Y.
Most people are some familiar with Eleanor Roosevelt, understanding that she was a very active political First Lady being Franklin D. Roosevelt's wife, or that she was a delegate to the United Nations. What few people know is that she was part owner of a small furniture factory and forge.Making a Presidential Table for her husband. Eleanor Roosevelt, with friends Nancy Cook and Marion Dickerman built a home/retreat on FDRs’ estate with his help and encouragement and named it Val-kill Cottage, or Val-kill. At the same time the three women with Carolyn O’Day started a crafts style cottage business at the same site which they named Val-kill Industries. It started as a furniture factory in a second building near ... read more