Dec 2, 2009

Sagamore Hill

It's a bit of a sore point for me that all my girls know of Long Island are the homes of our friends and family and a few choice restaurants. Beyond that it's all anecdotal. So, since we had a bit of extra time on our Thanksgiving trip I added a sidetrip to Sagamore Hill into our plans. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the place, it was the home of Theodore Roosevelt. I guess you could say that seeing Springwood when I was in Rhinebeck inspired me.


It was a fun trip full of nostalgia and funny coincidences that started when we parked our car right next to a car that sported stickers identifying it as from our area. We looked at it and felt like we must know these people and a short time later we ran into them on the grounds when their children recognized ours from a summer program they attended together this year. talk about a small world!

We all compared people we know in common as we made our way to the front door of the home (seen above) for our tour.


It was drizzling lightly but that didn't stop me from stepping out to walk around the building taking pictures. I had to get a good feel for the details.


Inside the home we listened as the guide told us about how Teddy liked to sit in his front office facing the window so he could greet guests and how Edith didn't like all the stuffed heads and furs in the house. I think I'm with her on that one.

Then we got to the only addition to the original house which you can see in the picture above. The brick clad room doesn't look like much from the outside but it's quite impressive on the inside which is probably why I remembered it so clearly from the last time I was there... in 4th grade!


What I didn't recall was that it was added on during Teddy's presidency as a place where he could entertain official guests. The intent is made very clear by the presidential seal which is on the inside of the room and outside as well.

Normally today I'd be posting a finished object so I should mention that the lack of a finished object in this post is not because I lack them but because it's a busy week. I do have a pair of fingerless gloves finished and photographed but I'm once again waiting to take pictures of other stuff like my recently finished the Kiila socks and my NaKniSweMo project. I finished 28Thirty in the car on the way home from NY - buttons on and ends woven. It's blocking now and I anticipate a photo shoot this weekend if the weather cooperates.


Carole Knits said...

What a pretty spot!

Manise said...

What a great place! Love the brick red and blue colors together. Very military looking like these socks: