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Theodore Roosevelt's Childhood Home

Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, lived at this site from his birth on October 27, 1858, until he was 14 years old. The reconstructed house contains five period rooms, two museum galleries, and a bookstore. Teedie, as young Roosevelt was nicknamed, was a sickly but bright boy, from a wealthy family. After graduating from Harvard, Roosevelt pursued his boyhood dreams, as a rancher, naturalist, explorer, author, and Colonel of the Rough Riders. During his presidency from 1901 to 1909, Roosevelt pushed progressive reforms, such as conservation of public lands and trust busting, and negotiated an end to the war between Russia and Japan, for which he won a Nobel Peace Prize. Explore this adventure to learn more about TR’s family, childhood, instrumental role in the National Park System and even the real reason the Teddy Bear was named after him.

  • 1.

    Roosevelt's Parents

    Roosevelt's Parents

    The interesting & politically active parents who raised a progressive future president.

  • 2.

    Roosevelt & The National Park System

    Roosevelt & The National Park System

    Roosevelt had an instrumental role in protecting this country's most important natural treasures.

  • 3.

    Ladies Mile

    Ladies Mile

    During the 1870s, the neighborhood where Roosevelt grew up changed from residential to commercial.

  • 4.

    Mittie, Thee & the North/South Divide

    Mittie, Thee & the North/South Divide

    Mittie & Thee Roosevelt didn't let their opposing political beliefs get in the way of their family.

  • 5.

    A Memorial to Theodore

    A Memorial to Theodore

    Roosevelt's childhood home, restored to look as it did during his childhood in the mid-19th century.

  • 6.

    The Story of the Teddy Bear

    The Story of the Teddy Bear

    You may know the connection between the toy & the president, but do you know it has to do with hunting?

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