The kids and I went on a quest to Sagamore Hill Historic site last Summer. Well, the 3 oldest anyway. This was before Hurricane Sandy damaged the bridge and beachfront and we thoroughly enjoyed the Museum, the nature trail, crossing over the Eel Creek Boardwalk in the salt marsh habitat and watching the birds on the beachfront at Cold Spring Harbor.
Sagamore Hill was the home of Theodore Roosevelt from 1885 until he passed away in 1919. From 1902 to 1908 it was called his “Summer White House” since he spent so much time there with his family.
As a child, Theodore Roosevelt spent summers with his family hiking, rowing, and enjoying the fresh air of Oyster Bay, Long Island. It made such an impression on him that he built a home there later on and lived with his wife and children at Sagamore Hill.
They say people go through about 7 careers on average nowadays. Teddy was no different. Besides a run as POTUS, he also served as VP, Governor of New York, arrested outlaws as a North Dakota deputy sheriff, an expert on big-game animals, was a renowned conservationist, an author of 35 books….and more. He was no couch potato!
TR’s home at Sagamore Hill has 23 rooms and is furnished in the same fashion as it was over 100 years ago. It is currently being renovated so we couldn’t enjoy a tour. The home will re-open in 2015. So, we’ll be back!
A museum to the president is housed at Old Orchard, the home built for Roosevelt’s son, Ted. When we visited the kids were able to participate in a Junior Ranger program and go on a treasure hunt inside the museum. It was harder than one would imagine but I didn’t give the kids the answers. The museum includes exhibits and movies which tell the story of President Roosevelt’s early and public life and give visitors a feel for what Sagamore Hill was like a century ago. Good times…
Brandon, 10: “In the museum there were guns and old papers telling about different events that happened that were important to America. We went on a scavenger hunt through the museum and answered riddle questions. It was cool!”
Behind the museum is a nature trail; an easy walk through an oak and tulip tree forest.
The Roosevelt family took this same path to go camping and swimming at the beachfront at Cold Spring Harbor. Once you complete the trail you come upon the Eel Creek Boardwalk (currently in repairs) and cross over and walk through the sand onto the beach. There are spotted salamanders, boxed turtles, frogs and over 100 species of birds at Sagamore Hill.
Brandon, 10: “At the museum we each got a badge saying we were now Junior Rangers. After the trail, we saw big houses across the beach. There were a couple of smaller boats in the water too.”
Sofia, 7, and Alana, 5 together: “We went to this place called Sagamore Hill and we saw a sign that said ‘Place Butts Here’. You are supposed to put old cigarettes in it when you are done with them. Brandon and me (Alana) put our butts there and it is disgusting! haha…
**Please be advised that as of this post there is damage to the Eel Creek Boardwalk that leads to the beachfront at Cold Spring Harbor. Bids were due in June 2013 for repair work.
**As mentioned above the Theodore Roosevelt home is closed as it undergoes extensive renovation. It is targeted to re-open in 2015.
Free. There will be charges once again for guided tours of Teddy Roosevelt’s Home once the renovation is complete.
Closed Monday and Tuesday. Open Wednesday – Sunday 9am-5pm
Take either the Northern State Parkway to Exit 35N or the Long Island Expressway (I-495) to Exit 41N. At those exits, take Route 106 North for 6 miles into downtown Oyster Bay. Turn right onto East Main Street (at Nobman’s Hardware Store) and travel 2 miles. Turn left onto Cove Neck Road and drive 1.5 miles to Sagamore Hill.
The Southern State Parkway connects to NSP/LIE via the Wantagh/Meadowbrook Parkways, or the Seaford/Oyster Bay Expressway. Take Southern State Exit 28AN to Route 135 North (Seaford/Oyster Bay Expressway) for 10 miles to Exit 14E (Woodbury) and Route 25 (Jericho Turnpike). Turn right/east, travel to the third traffic light. Turn left on South Woods Road, traveling 1.6 miles to its end and turn right on to Cold Spring Road. Travel 1 mile to Route 25A intersection. Turn left on Route 25A and travel 0.7 miles downhill to the Cove Road stoplight. Turn right on Cove Road for 1.7 miles to Cove Neck Road. Turn right on Cove Neck Road and follow the signs for 1.5 miles to Sagamore Hill.
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