Happy Belated Birthday FDR

Yesterday was the birthday of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). He was born on January 30, 1882 to one of New York’s oldest families. I thought I would share historic photos of one of his homes that he resided with wife Eleanor and their children from 1887 until his death in 1919. His home was Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay NY.

Sagamore Hill (1925) Source, LOC, LC-USZ62-31118

Sagamore Hill (1925) Source, LOC, LC-USZ62-31118

Sagamore Hill Winter Scene (1964). Source LOC, HABS NY,30-OYSTB,2--1

Sagamore Hill Winter Scene (1964). Source LOC, HABS NY,30-OYSTB,2–1

Floor Plan. Source LOC, HABS NY,30-OYSTB,2

Floor Plan. Source LOC, HABS NY,30-OYSTB,2

A lovely Queen Anne Style home on the Coast of Long Island must have been relaxing for the president. It was referred to as the ” Summer White House”.  Queen Anne was a late Victorian period style that was full of decoration. This home is much more modest than many of the over the top gingerbread decoration.  I am draw to it also as my ancestors lived in Oyster Bay and worked as gardeners on the big estates. I can only wonder which estate. Maybe Sagamore Hill.

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  1. Sagamore Hill was the home of President Theodore Roosevelt who was born in 1858 and died in 1919. He was married to Edith Roosevelt from 1886 until his death in 1919. President FDR was born Jan. 30, 1882 and died 1945. As far as I know (and I grew up on Long Island and toured the house on a school field trip around the time that second photo was taken), FDR never lived there but had a home in Hyde Park, NY, upstate on the Hudson River. Teddy Roosevelt was well-known as an avid hunter and the home was filled with many large “trophies” of his kills hanging on the walls, bear rugs, etc.

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