Sunday, August 21, 2011

Theodore Roosevelt




Theodore Roosevelt 26th President of the United States (1901-1908)

TR sites that I have seen:

Home Sagamore Hill NHS Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY
                                    
 Theodore Roosevelt Inaguaral site Buffalo, NY

TR's Presidential Retreat "Pine Knot" Keene, VA
                                     
 TR Gravesite at Youngs Memorial Cemetery Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY










My nephew Chris and I on the porch of TR's Sagamore Hill home. The porch railing is missing in front of us so that Teddy and family could more easily mount their horses.





In the backyard of Sagamore Hill
    
Sagamore Hill was the first historical stop in my June 2012 NY, NJ, Philadelphia trip. I learned a few months in advance that the house tour at Sagamore Hill wouldn't be possible when I go. Since they recently started a 2 to 3 year renovation of the house. This was disappointing to say the least. I guess I will need to return after the renovation.


Me at the Wilcox Mansion in Buffalo, NY. TR's Inaguaral site.

 Just a few months into his second term, William McKinley visited the Pan American Expodition in Buffalo, NY. During the expodition McKinley was shot. Vice President Roosevelt hurried to Buffalo only to find that President McKinley had died from his wounds. TR was then sworn in as President here at the Wilcox Mansion.

    I found out about Pine Knot in a book on Presidential Homes and Museums that I got a couple of years ago. It is south of Charlottesville, Virginia, not far from Jeffersons Monticello and Monroe's Ash Lawn Highland. This is where TR came a few times as President to get away from Washington for awhile. His wife Edith bought the bare bones farmers work cottage for him, after seeing how it fit his rustic character. The Roosevelts visited here 8 times during there time in the White House. All of TR's children, except Alice, visited here at least once. From Washington it was a 4 hour train ride, plus about 10 miles of horse back or carriage to get the the cabin.



    I had to call ahead and arrange a time in advance for someone to meet us at Pine Knot to take the tour. I was under the impression that my group of 6 was the only one's but as it was, about 10 other people showed up. They let us in and pretty much let us walk around as we wanted and asked any questions that we may have.


    backside of Pine Knot








    My son Nicky getting some rest next to TR's fireplace

      Khloe, Grant and I in TR's upstairs bedroom

    Archie's spring, is where the Roosevelt's got their water. Since there was no plumbing to the cabin. Or electricity for that matter



   TR actually allowed a family of squirrels to live in the upstairs of the house

   Beautiful area around Pine Knot


My first glimse of TR's grave

After we visited Sagamore Hill we went down to see TR's gravesite. But the gate was locked. I was able to find my way through a nature preserve and up a steep hill and got about 10 feet away from TR's gravesite. I considered jumping the fence, but my wife was freaking out abit since the local cops passed by a couple of times. So we would leave and continue the trip. After seeing Grant's Tomb later that day, and Grover Clevelands grave the next day, I had officially seen every Presidential Gravesite. But it ate at me that I didn't get a better view of TR's grave. So I rearranged my week itinerary and returned to Long Island on that Thursday, this time the gate was open.









TR and I


Theodore Roosevelt was the first accidential President to be elected to a term in his right. Setting a precedent for future accidential Presidents Calvin Coolidge, Harry S. Truman, and Lyndon B. Johnson. TR goes down in history as one of our greatest Presidents. He became a trust buster, setting new laws for big business to obide by. He made laws guaranteeing clean water, clean meat packing and helped preserve some of the great natural landmarks of our country. He died in 1919.

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