A Storied Cottage

The cottage boasts a rich history of well-known guests. Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart was a school roommate of Eleanor’s who visited the home, and when Georges and Eleanor studied art in Europe, they befriended authors Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, who also visited the cottage on occasion.

Designed in 1921 as a studio, the ceiling of the main room was 26 feet high to accommodate Eleanor’s large paintings and Georges’s sculptures. Diana said Georges and Eleanor eventually added a balcony so they could include two bedrooms upstairs, which was about the same time they built the kitchen. “The kitchen is exactly the same today. Eleanor hosted huge parties from this little bitty kitchen,” she explains.

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