Oyster Bay in Nassau County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The First Building
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Sagamore Hill had been farmland before Theodore Roosevelt bought the property. He intended to live here and keep it a working farm. The farm would need animals and farm workers; both would need shelter. The first building Roosevelt had built provided a stable for the horses and a lodge for his farm manager. It was built on this field in 1883. Architects Lamb & Rich designed it in the same Queen Anne style they would later use for the main house.
Noah Seaman was the first farm manager. He and his wife lived here. Usually one or two farm workers would live in the Stable above the horses, carriages, hay, and grain. A 1944 fire burned this building down.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series list.
Location. 40° 53.185′ N, 73° 30.036′ W. Marker is in Oyster Bay, New York, in Nassau County. Marker can Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oyster Bay NY 11771, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stable and Grooms’ Quarters (a few steps from this marker); Wood and Tool Shed (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); A Gentleman’s Farm, 1918 (within shouting distance of this marker); Helping Feed the Family (within shouting distance of this marker); A Respite for Mrs. Roosevelt (within shouting distance of this marker); Farm Tools (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oyster Bay.
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a 1905 photograph of the Stable and Lodge. A photograph at the upper right of the marker depicts “Farm worker Frank Hall posing with Theodore Roosevelt’s horse, Little Texas, around 1905.” Next to this is another photograph showing “Noah Seaman with gardener William Gardiner and some dogs. When the Roosevelts were away from Sagamore Hill, Seaman was also in charge of the estate. He would verify bills, organize repairs, and have the main house ready for their return.”
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 7, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 7, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.