Do you want to have a feel of the daily life of a president? Have you been trying to figure out what the home of a president looks like?
Then Sagamore Hill National Historic site is definitely, the place to be. Located in Cove Neck, New York, near Oyster Bay in Nassau County, Sagamore Hill was the home of US President, Theodore Roosevelt.
Sitting on an 83.02 acres (33.60 ha) land, the 22-room house built in 1886, comes with several fascinating facilities.
The exquisite nature of the summer home was a center of attraction internationally even during the life of the president.
Ultimately becoming known as the “Summer White House” Sagamore Hill, hosted several dignitaries across the world from 1902 to 1908, during Roosevelt’s tenure as president.
More than four decades after the death of Roosevelt, Congress on July 25, 1962, formed The Sagamore Hill National Historic Site aimed at preserving the house as a unit of the National Park Service. On October 15, 1966, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A visit to the site is never a waste of time. The natural surroundings of the area gives you a clue of what nature has to offer. By the time you leave there, you would be inspired to achieve more and learn more about the life of the 26th President of the United States.
You will have a feel of the original items the president used since almost all the furnishings are the originals.
The originality of the site takes you down memory lane, as to the items and artifacts people in the late eighteen hundreds used.
Sagamore Hill also hosts The Theodore Roosevelt Museum housed in the “Old Orchard” built in 1938. The museum contains records of the life and career of Roosevelt. There are also plaques with information about the home and the family as you tour.
What to expect
Sagamore Hill just like other tourist sites is open to the public by guided tour from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There are tour guides readily available to take visitors around the home and provide them with all the needed information.
Visitors to the site can purchase tickets at the Old Orchard Museum & Visitor Center. Buy your ticket at 9:00 AM at the Visitor Center from Wednesday through Saturday. During the summer, the site is open seven days throughout the week.
Admission to the Roosevelt Museum at Old Orchard is, FREE, and opens from Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
It is worth noting that tickets are limited and sold on first come first served basis. Therefore, visitors must always arrive early, especially during weekends.
For more information visit the National Park Service Sagamore Hill website or call 516-922-4788.
As we journey through our Aviation history and monuments, our next stop is none other than The Cradle of Aviation.
Undoubtedly, The Cradle of Aviation Museum, in Long Island is another big thing when it comes to the preservation of aviation monuments.
Located in Garden City, east of New York City’s Long Island, The Cradle of Aviation Air and Space Museum maintains a wide range of aircrafts, artifacts, and aviation feats. This makes the site a must-see for aviation enthusiasts and persons seeking knowledge about American aviation history.
The architecture of the museum, a vast glass-enclosed building, is itself an attraction to visitors. The 150,000 square foot structure resembling a spacecraft, maintains exhibits including hot air balloon and Apollo lunar module.
You may be wondering how the museum earned the name “Cradle of Aviation.” Well, you can get the answer to your question when you visit the museum. But let me gist you with a little info.
Long Island earned the nickname, Cradle of Aviation in the 1920s. The name stems from the natural flying environment of Long Island. The area is flat and virtually treeless making it suitable for aviation activities. About 20 aircraft manufacturers operated in Long Islands between 1918 to 1938. In 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew from Long Island to Paris.
The famous Cradle of Aviation Museum started as a dream of George C. Dade, Henry Anholzer of Pan American Airlines and other volunteers.
To achieve the dream of creating an aviation museum, they started acquiring and restoring aircrafts. The first acquisition was a World War I Curtiss JN-4D, discovered by Dade in an Iowa pig barn in 1973. Subsequent acquisitions include a Grumman Lunar Module spacecraft, Republic Seabee, Republic P-47N Thunderbolt, and Grumman F-11A Tiger.
The aircrafts occupied hangars 3 & 4 of the Mitchel Air Force Base. Nassau Country purchased these hangers when Mitchel Air Force Base closed in 1961.
In 1980, the Museum ultimately opened with few aircraft and Dade as its first director.
The Cradle of Aviation Museum closed in the 1990s to undergo a massive expansion and facelift program. The hangers, which had received no form of renovation before the museum’s opening, were refurbished. The museum re-opened in 2002, in a massive and state-of-the-art facility.
What makes the Cradle of Aviation Museum more interesting is the variety of offers visitors are treated to. Visitors can have access to the cockpits of exhibiting aircrafts and watch short films.
Aside from aircraft viewing, you can watch virtual reality shows on space travel, the solar system, and the night sky. With volunteer docents ever ready to serve their guest, you can ask any question about items on display. You can also learn more about aviation by signing up for a space lab live astronomy in the dome theater.
Nassau County Firefighter’s Museum and Education Center
The Cradle of Aviation Museum also hosts the almost 10,000 square foot Nassau County Firefighter’s Museum and Education Center. There, visitors can acquire historical information on fire fighting. On display are antique and contemporary fire apparatus spanning the history of firefighting in Nassau County.
The facility house the JET BLUE DOME theatre that features IMAX 70 millimeter format films. It also hosts a state-of-the-art digital planetarium and The Red Planet Cafe, which is decorated to resemble a space station on Mars.
The Cradle of Aviation Museum opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 am – 5 pm. The Reckson Visitor Center Atrium serves as the main entrance to the museum. Visitors have access to the facility on a guided tour.
Planetarium & Dome Theater Shows
Museum and Show Combo
Combo includes the museum and a single Planetarium or Dome Theater show.
*Children ages 2-12, Senior Citizens 62+, Military Personnel, Volunteer Firemen & Non-Ambulatory Visitors
Junior Jet Club $2.50
Nunley’s Carousel $2
Nassau County Museum of Art
History and art are the next best thing to knowing and understanding our beginnings. What
better way of preserving our heritage than in a museum. Now, I know most of the
millennials think museums are a waste of time, and the internet makes everything so much
easier for us.
However, taking a trip down memory lane, is a much better experience than hitting the
search button. That is what the Nassau County Museum of Art offers. A place full of culture
and so much history, it’s like being back in time, and yet, still in the 21 st Century.
William Cullen was the original sole owner of the estate. Cullen was a patron of the arts,
poet, lawyer and political activist. In 1900, Lloyd Stephens Bryce purchased Bryant’s Upland
Farm and commissioned the architect Ogden Codman, Jr. to design Bryce House, on an
elevated site, overlooking Hempstead Harbor. Nassau County Museum of Art is that house.
In 1969, four years after the last owner, Childs Frick passed, the estate was purchased by
Nassau County with the goal of establishing the Nassau County Museum of Fine Art,
administered by the county’s Office of Cultural Development. The Museum became a
private not-for-profit institution in 1989, and is now governed and funded by a private
board of trustees.
The 145 acres surrounding Nassau County of Art is designated as a nature preserve. Marion
Cruger Coffin, a member of the American Institute of Landscape Architects, initially designed
the beautiful landscape in 1925. The original blueprints of this beautiful landscape are
housed in the Museum’s archives, along with photographs of the garden, taken in the
Located about 25 miles east of New York City, in Roslyn Harbor, Long Island, Nassau County
Museum of Art’s main building, is a three-story Georgian mansion. Designed in the Gold
Coast architecture of the late 19th century. Nassau County Museum of Art also houses the
Sculpture Park, architecturally-significant restored trellis, rare tree specimens, marked
walking trails, and the Formal Garden.
Considered among the nation’s largest, most important suburban art museums, Nassau
County Museum of Art strives to expand the understanding of art and culture through
exhibition and educational programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Over 500 permanent collections from both American and European art are housed by the
museum. The collection encompasses both 19 th and 20 th century art pieces through many
generous contributions. The Nassau County Museum of Art also presents yearly rotating art
exhibitions, many of which originate from their collection.
Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, Roy Lichtenstein, Larry Rivers, Chaim Gross, Robert
Rauschenberg, Moses Soyer, Robert Indiana, Auguste Rodin, Georges Braque, Alex Katz,
Frederick Warren Freer and Irving Ramsey Wiles are some of the many artists included in
The Formal Garden
One of the most breathtaking exhibitions of the Nassau County Museum of Art
was designed in the 1920s by Marian Cruger Coffin, one of America’s leading landscape
architects. She designed this garden at the height of her career. Coffin’s overall plan for the
garden was to strengthen, clarify, and enhance the existing arrangement of walks, flower
beds, hedges, and entrances, using rectangles, circles, and arches to mirror the shapes
found in the symmetrical design of the estate’s mansion.
She also predicted that over time the garden would lose its beauty. In her efforts to
maintain her legacy, she taught the compositions of landscape architecture. Upon the
purchase of the estate in 1969, the garden was declared a public garden. Its maintenance
was dependent on private donations and volunteers.
The Roslyn Landmark Society, in 1989, restored the beautiful teak trellis, and in 1993,
extensive brick path restoration, including the restoration of the garden, which was funded
by New York State’s Environmental Quality Bond Act. Actual restoration of the garden began
In present day, the garden offers an elegant space to be admired by lovers of landscape
architecture. But most of all, a place to stroll, sit, and enjoy nature; a sanctuary of well
thought out reconstructed brick paths, perennial borders, and intricate boxwood designs in
four garden rooms, demarcated by yew “walls.” It is an ideal spot to be studied by historic
Nassau County Museum of Art Sculpture
Nassau County Museum of Art’s Sculpture Park is considered one of the largest public
exhibition public parks in the Northeast. With around 40 sculptures, the majority of which
are permanent collections of the museum, lay well situated on the 145 acres of the Nassau
County Museum of Art.
Others include the prestigious venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the
Museum of Modern Art and many other galleries. Tom Otterness, Richard Serra, Mark di
Suvero, Manolo Valdes, Allen Bertoldi and Fernando Botero are just some of the artists
whose work is to be seen on the grounds.
As part of the community, Nassau County Museum of Art provides a variety of educational
programs. The after-school program, for example, provides tours to the museum’s
exhibitions, and, customized workshops for specific interest groups can be arranged.
Another of the museum’s community outreach programs include the Autism & the Arts &
Creative Expeditions. The program was created in 2007, for the sole intention of
encouraging communication in children with autism.
Workshops are led by teaching artists, trained in art therapy, who encourage children with
autism to express themselves through conversations around works of art in their galleries,
and in hands on painting, drawing, and sculpture projects. The launch was made possible
through the collaboration between NCMA and the North Shore Autism Circle.
Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor. Admission
to the main building is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), and $4 for children ages 4-12.
Hours for the main building are 11 am to 4:45 pm Tuesday through Sunday.
Docent-led tours of the main exhibition are offered at 2 pm each day; free with museum
admission. Meet in the lobby, no reservations are needed. Family art activities and tours are
offered Sundays from 1pm; free with museum admission. The Museum Store is open
Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am to 4:30 pm. Visit www.nassaumuseum.org for more information.