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Oyster Bay, NY's Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Museum & Preserve

May 9

On Long Island, New York, Teddy Roosevelt's house and museum are situated in Oyster Bay.

Teddy Roosevelt erected a vacation house on a Long Island hilltop in 1885, which ultimately became the first Summer White House and then the Roosevelt family's permanent home. The exhibitions depict Teddy's high-octane lifestyle, including one of his Rough Rider outfits (designed for the rich Roosevelt by Brooks Brothers) and many mounted dead animals on the floors and walls.

Teddy Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill

Before, during, and after his presidency, Teddy Roosevelt resided on Sagamore Hill. During Teddy Roosevelt's administration, it was known as the Summer White House. Also worth seeing are the elephant foot inkwell and the sunken great room at the rear of the home.

Theodore Roosevelt's first film footage was recorded at his home on Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, Long Island, in the summer of 1912. Views of the house and its environs Roosevelt's son Archie assists him in reading his correspondence. Under the trees, Roosevelt speaks casually with William P. Helm, an Associated Press correspondent for New York City and Washington from 1910 to 1918.

Throughout the 1912 campaign, Helm was assigned to both Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt and his dogs rode their horses Sidar away from Sagamore and stopped to feed the horse from his hand as they rode across the field with Sagamore visible in the background. Roosevelt prunes a tree while clothed in a white shirt and waistcoat. There is a band and a gathering of men on the grounds of the Sagamore. Roosevelt greets a large crowd of men from the porch of the Sagamore. The American flag is flapping everywhere. The band, crowd, and flag passages at the conclusion are almost certainly not from the Pathé original.

Theodore Roosevelt Museum is one of Long Island's most popular attractions.