I’ve been staying on Long Island for a few months now and since I was in the Oyster Bay area, I was excited to check out Teddy Roosevelt’s old digs at Sagamore Hill. I’m a history lover, so taking a little expedition like this was the perfect way to celebrate fall in New England. Not only did I learn a lot about our 26th president, but I also had a great time sampling some corn, learning about Long Island bee harvesting, and meeting some furry friends.
We were there for his 157th birthday celebration, so the day’s activities were free except for lunch and any other products we might have been interested in purchasing. Normally it costs about ten dollars to get into the National Park, but after a short bus ride from the Oyster Bay train station we were able to enter the house without paying anything. It was also probably busier than normal, but it wasn’t overwhelming at all—the grounds are so extensive that it was easy to walk around and not feel rushed.
The best part of the day was definitely the house itself. It was the first private home in the area to have a telephone—which was the way Theodore conducted his business when we was away from the White House during the hot Washington summers. The house was also home to over 6,000 books—the Roosevelts were avid readers and owned books on multiple subjects.
I was also fascinated about the amount of traveling Teddy managed to get done before his stint in the White House. Not only was he all over North America and an extremely prolific hunter, but he also traversed all over Africa and South America. As a Generation-Y traveler with access to flights to pretty much anywhere in the world, it was amazing to imagine the amount of time and effort it would take him to voyage to each place. At the time, it was a lot more difficult to get to various destinations. The ideal place to get an idea of Theodore’s personality was in the North Room. Not only can you view various gifts some diplomats or personal items that he collected himself, but you also get a feel of who he was as a person and his sense of humor.
Have you ever been Sagamore Hill? What are some historical sites in your location?