Sagamore Hill, Theodore Roosevelt
After being closed for several years, Teddy Roosevelt’s Long Island residence, Sagamore Hill, is opening back up this year after an extensive renovation, so this is the perfect year to visit the former residence of our 26th president.
Located near Oyster Bay on the north shore of Long Island, Sagamore is the Algonquin word for chieftain, the head of the tribe, and if you didn’t know much about Teddy Roosevelt before, the name should give you some idea as to his personality. During his time in office, Roosevelt visited here so often that it was known as the “Summer White House.” The house is certainly worth seeing — he has both a gunroom and a game room where his hunting conquests were displayed (because one room was apparently not enough) — but the real reason to go is the surrounding nature trails. After your tour, be sure to take a hike or hit the beach for a picnic. There’s no better way to honor the president who founded the National Parks Service — just remember to throw away your trash, or the ghost of Teddy Roosevelt will hunt you down and find a spot for you in his game room.
Local tip: There is no food on the premises other than a vending machine, so pack a sandwich.
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