Oak Terrace guard house / Germantown, New York

Before Eleanor Roosevelt made history as the longest-serving First Lady of United States, residing at the White House from 1933 through 1945, she spent summers at a sprawling 1872 estate in Germantown, New York.

Part of that estate is now for sale. The property was the home of Roosevelt’s maternal grandparents, Valentine Hall, Jr, and Mary Livingston Ludlow Hall, whom she lived with after the death of both of her parents by age nine. They spent summers at the home, called Oak Terrace, which had a modestly sized gate house that guarded a much larger Second Empire-style mansion — via Curbed

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