My Day in Oyster Bay, NY

I’ve always been fascinated with U.S. History, particularly the presidents. When I had the chance to visit Oyster Bay, where our 26th president Theodore Roosevelt spent much of his time, I knew I had to explore some of the area’s historic landmarks. To help plan my visit, I did research on the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce website.

Roosevelt lived in a home in Oyster Bay prior to, during, and after his presidency. What many referred to as his “Summer White House” was home to the former president from 1885 until his death in 1919. It is now known as the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.

The museum is situated on 80-acres and includes a Visitor Center and Bookstore, the Roosevelt Museum at Old Orchard which offers films and exhibits about the late president, and several trails on which to explore the grounds. There is also a beautiful shore-front where Roosevelt used to walk his dogs.

I enjoyed the guided tour through the 23-room home of the former president. It underwent a $10-million renovation in 2015, but the home is still steeped in history and harbors the charm of the 19th century. Another honor was traveling up the 26 steps to Roosevelt’s final resting place at Young’s Memorial Cemetery. My visit to Oyster Bay is one I won’t soon forget.

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