Oyster Bay in Nassau County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Nature Trail and Woodland
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
Sagamore Hill may have been a working farm, but it was also a playground for Theodore Roosevelt. He cleared much of the land, but left these 35 acres as woodlands filled with chestnuts, elms, and cedars. It was home to wildlife and allowed Roosevelt to fulfill several favorite pastimes: family outings, bird watching, and chopping wood. He hiked through these woods with his wife, children, and friends pausing now and then to listen and spot birds singing and flying about. An expert birder, in one 24 hour period he identified through sight or song 42 distinct species around his home.
“It is rather difficult to explain, except on the theory that all outer life appeals to me. Then there is the rhythmic motion, the sound of the ax eating into the heart of the tree, the flying splinters, the feeling of satisfaction that comes from bringing every muscle into play, the invigorating smell of the wood, and – crash, as the tree goes toppling over.”
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 40° 53.149′ N, 73° 29.771′ W. Marker is in Oyster Bay, New York, in Nassau County. Marker can be reached from Sagamore Hill Road, on the right when traveling Touch for map. Marker is located next to the Old Orchard Museum 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. Old Orchard (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Orchard Home (about 400 feet away); Housing the Staff (about 600 feet away); Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); From Barn to Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chicken House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Farm Tools (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oyster Bay.
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a photograph of Theodore Roosevelt leading his family on a nature walk. A 1910 photograph of Roosevelt chopping down a tree appears on the right side of the marker. It has a caption of “Ready for any woodcutting requests, he kept several axes in the house, one for each day of the week.”
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 6, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.