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A Presidential Retreat

By Linda Tancs

Nowadays our U.S. presidents retreat to Camp David for a little respite.  But in Teddy Roosevelt’s day, Sagamore Hill was a presidential oasis–actually, the homefront–for one of the first presidents to be extensively chronicled.  Located in Oyster Bay, New York,  the grounds comprise the stately Roosevelt home, the museum at Old Orchard (formerly, eldest son Ted’s home), a visitors’ center, and a nature trail leading to the national wildlife refuge on Cold Spring Harbor.  Although the house is closed for renovations, why not take in a peaceful visit of the park grounds during this off-season.  The museum and vistors’ center are open Wednesdays through Sundays.


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