Posted by: John McGerr | February 24, 2009

Sagamore Hill

Back in Long Island Anna brought us to Sagamore Hill the summer home of former president Theodore Roosevelt. Before visiting this house I knew very little about this man, that teddy bears were named after him, that he was President twice and that one of the insane characters in the film Arsenic and Old Lace was convinced that he was Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt led an action packed life – he fought in the Spanish American War as one of the Rough Riders – was involved in the construction of the Panama Canal – he got the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 – in 1912 while making a speech he was shot, the bullet passing through a folded copy of his speech and the steel case for his eyeglasses before hitting his chest, he refused medical help until he’d completed his speech. He went on safari in Africa and South America and his face is carved into Mount Rushmore.  Beside the house is a small museum and you get a guided tour of the house, but cannot take photos inside. It was an interesting day.



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