Oyster Bay in Nassau County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Thoroughly Modern House
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
The windmill to your left is a re-creation of two previous windmills Theodore Roosevelt had built. The first was constructed when the house was built. A second windmill, and a supplemental gas-powered pump, replaced that one in 1905. The mills pumped fresh water from a well, and sent the water to storage tanks and a hot water heater in the house.
Despite its rural location, Sagamore Hill had the same amenities as most city houses. In addition to fresh water, gas lights and kerosene lamps illuminated the rooms. When the Roosevelts had the North Room added in 1905, they made sure the workers installed electrical wiring. However, it was 13 years before they could switch on a lightbulb, since electrical service didn’t reach their neighborhood until 1918. The well was in use for a very long time, as municipal water wasn’t available to Saramore Hill until the 1990s.
“The other day . . . the windmill . . . was squeaking. I got an oil can and climbed up to oil it, neglecting to shut off the mill. Just as I got to the top, the wind veered. The paddle swung around and took off a slice of my scalp. I started to climb down, but I’m big and clumsy and it took quite a little while. By the time I got to the house my face and shoulders were drenched with blood. Inside the door I met Mrs. Roosevelt. ‘Theodore,’ she said,
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 40° 53.134′ N, 73° 30.025′ W. Marker is in Oyster Bay, New York, in Nassau County. Marker can be reached from Sagamore Hill Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located 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. The Windmill (here, next to this marker); The Ice House (within shouting distance of this marker); On the Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Sagamore Hill in the Presidential Years (within shouting distance of this marker); Copper Beech (within shouting distance of this marker); Up to the Roosevelts (within shouting distance of this marker); A Gentleman’s Farm, 1918 (within shouting distance of this marker); Mounting Platform (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oyster Bay.
More about this marker. An illustration at the bottom of the marker shows a southern view of the Roosevelt home and the windmill.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 8, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.