Theodore Roosevelt's Home will remain closed until the rehabilitation project is completed
Theodore Roosevelt's Home will remain closed until the rehabilitation project is completed. The Visitor Center, Theodore Roosevelt Museum, and the park grounds are open. Due to the mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts, Sagamore Hill will remain on its More »
Plan Your Visit
Guided tours of Theodore Roosevelt's Home have concluded until the rehabilitation project is complete. Areas to remain open to the public during construction include the visitor center and museum store; the Theodore Roosevelt Museum at Old Orchard; site outbuildings and grounds, along with the nature trail which leads to the national wildlife refuge on Cold Spring Harbor.
Reductions in Hours and Programs Due to Budget Cuts
Due to the mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts, Sagamore Hill will remain on its winter schedule through the summer of 2013. The Theodore Roosevelt Museum at Old Orchard and the park Visitor Center will be open five days per week, from Wednesday through Sunday. The park grounds will remain open to the public seven days per week, sunrise to sunset, and restroom facilities will be open every day, including federal holidays, during normal business hours (9 AM- 5 PM). The park will be closed on Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day, and the annual Memorial Day and Independence Day events have been cancelled. Summer Sunday Programs have been reduced from eight to three programs. Please see the Schedule of Events for a listing of currently scheduled events and programs.
Reservations are accepted for organized groups numbering between fifteen and fifty-five people. We receive many requests for reservations from schools, scout troops, clubs, veterans organizations, etc. and we accept them on a first-come, first-served basis. You may inquire about a reservation for your group by emailing SAHI_Reservations@nps.gov. Specific details about your group can be worked out with a staff member. Reservations are not accepted for weekend afternoons.
Visitor Center and Bookstore
Visitors should always check in at the Visitor Center, which is the first building they see after entering the park. Here they can purchase tickets for tours of the Roosevelt Home (Visitors may only enter the house on a guided tour; purchasing tickets right away is essential as tours often sell out by the afternoon). Visitors can also find out about offerings of the day, and shop for books, post cards and related items at our Eastern National gift shop.
The Main Attraction: The Roosevelt Home
Guided tours of the home will be given through December 4, 2011 when the home will close to visitors. President Theodore Roosevelt's house is, of course, the main attraction at Sagamore Hill. Very much unchanged since 1910, the year after Roosevelt left the presidency and returned from his long safari in Africa, it is one of the most unique houses in America. Visitors can see twenty-three rooms of the house, while learning about the active lifestyle of President Roosevelt and his family, by taking a guided tour of the home. Please note: The Roosevelt Home is not currently accessible to wheelchairs.
The Roosevelt Museum at Old Orchard
Built as a family home by General Theodore Roosevelt Junior, the president's oldest son, this is the second most visited area of Sagamore Hill NHS. Today, Old Orchard houses exhibits and movies which tell the story of President Roosevelt's early and public life and give visitors a feel for what Sagamore Hill was like a century ago. People can enjoy the museum at their own pace, spending any amount of time they wish - from a few minutes, to a few hours.
The Sagamore Hill Nature Trail
Visitors can walk on the same path Theodore Roosevelt and his family took on their many trips for swimming and camping at Cold Spring Harbor. It is an easy walk through an oak and tulip-tree forest and over the Eel Creek boardwalk to the beachfront where waterfowl spend their days swimming and searching for food. This area is a Federally protected wildlife refuge - so we urge visitors to enjoy this part of Sagamore Hill, but not to disturb it in any way.
Did You Know?
Theodore Roosevelt died around 4 o'clock in the morning January 6, 1919 when he was sixty years old. Many dignitaries attended Roosevelt's funeral including Vice-president Thomas Marshall who said that "Death had to take him sleeping, for if Roosevelt had been awake, there would have been a fight."