Oyster Bay in Nassau County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Respite for Mrs. Roosevelt
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
Six Roosevelt children and nearly a dozen neighboring cousins could be a rambunctious group. Sometimes Edith Roosevelt needed a place for solitude. The Arbor was not too far from the house. She could enjoy the sun and scented roses, yet still be close by if needed.
The Nest, a small wooden gazebo, provided an even better escape. Located about 100 yards in front of you, in Smith’s Field, along the path to Aunt Elizabeth’s house, it was Edith’s special spot. Built for her, she had been very specific in how it should look, with upright cedar posts and a shingled roof. She could read a book or enjoy the sounds of nature. It had splendid views of Oyster Bay, Long Island Sound, and on clear days the distant shore of Connecticut. The Theodore Roosevelt Association sold the land in 1961 and the Nest no longer exists.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 40° 53.178′ N, 73° 30.075′ 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 The Pet Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); Valued Family Friends (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Stable and Grooms’ Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); A Gentleman’s Farm, 1918 (within shouting distance of this marker); Wood and Tool Shed (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mounting Platform (about 300 feet away); A Garden for Food and Color (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oyster Bay.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a photograph of “Edith with a young neighbor boy in front of the Arbor, 1902.” A photo at the lower left of the marker depicts “Edith standing in the Nest, ca. 1904.”
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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 148 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 8, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.