Oyster Bay in Nassau County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
From Barn to Home
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
The Old Barn was gone and the farm needed a replacement. Edith Roosevelt oversaw the plans for what became the New Barn, built in 1907. To reduce costs, she eliminated the concrete-lined basement meant for the cows, and instead planned to keep them on the ground floor with the hay and the horses. However, superintendent Robert Gillespie recalled that the New Barn was used to store equipment and hay; animals were never kept there.
After the Stable and Lodge burned down in 1944, Edith ordered the New Barn converted to living quarters for the farm manager. Today, the National Park Service still uses the New Barn as housing. It is not open to the public.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 40° 53.176′ N, 73° 29.962′ W. Marker is in Oyster Bay, New York, in Nassau County. Marker is on Sagamore Hill Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located near the Visitor Center at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Oyster Bay NY 11771, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Sagamore Hill National Historic Site Chicken House (within shouting distance of this marker); Farm Tools (within shouting distance of this marker); Helping Feed the Family (within shouting distance of this marker); A Garden for Food and Color (within shouting distance of this marker); The Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Housing the Staff (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Oyster Bay.
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a photograph of Farm workers showing off some of the cows in front of the New Barn in 1907. A photograph on the right side of the marker includes a caption of “Edith Roosevelt, seated at her desk in 1903, often corresponded from the White House with farm manager Noah Seaman regarding the upkeep of Sagamore Hill.”
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