November 27, 2007

Sagamore Hill – Remembering Teddy Roosevelt

Posted in museums at 3:02 pm by classicalmusic

Teddy Roosevelt’s Home

Sagamore Hill, built by Teddy Roosevelt in 1894 and 1895, became his permanent home until his death there in January, 1919.  He built it believing the area to be healthy for children (he had six), and during his presidency it was nicknamed “the Summer Whitehouse”.  For more than 30 years, Sagamore Hill was one of the most talked about homes in America.  Particularly, people would talk about the man never too busy being president to be a devoted father.

The house itself is a Victorian rambling structure made of frame and brick.  It has 23 rooms on three floors and is kept, today much as it was during its use by the Roosevelts.  Although Teddy Roosevelt died in 1919, his wife continued to live at Sagamore Hill until her death in 1948.  In 1950 the house and its 83 acres of land were purchased by the Theodore Roosevelt Association who, in turn, gave it to the American people as a gift in 1963.  There is a guided tour through the house which is interesting, showing Roosevelt’s hunting trophies, books, paintings, flags and furniture all very much reflecting the spirit of Teddy Roosevelt.

The extensive grounds, consisting of gardens and arboretum overlooking Oyster Bay, are delight to wander through.  Because of their beauty, they are a favorite spot for wedding pictures, and the Sunday that I was there, a long line of limousines disgorged brides and grooms and photographers.  However, the place is large enough to walk through without encountering the wedding photo ops at every turn.  The Sunday I was there, we had a very nice brunch at the cafe/restaurant on the grounds and, of course, we took a turn through the gift shop.  In short, Sagamore Hill, an American Heritage Site, is a charming place for a Sunday trip.


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