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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.

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