I hadn't been for nearly 30 years, but decided I wanted to go again in advance of Ken Burns's upcoming series on Teddy, FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt, set to air on PBS this fall.
And I don't know about you, but when Ken Burns sets his sights on telling a story, I am all ears.
Roosevelt began summering here with his parents in the 1900s and for over 50 years, there were Roosevelts on the island.
It was Barry's first time at the cottage. Even seeing it from a distance, it never ceases to delight me...
The inside of the cottage is exactly as it was when FDR and Eleanor and the children summered there, save for 5 items that needed to be reproduced:
|the master bedroom|
It reminded me very much of Edith Wharton's house actually, though the setting here is all about the ocean beyond and lacks the formal gardens at The Mount.
|The back of the house overlooking the ocean|
|the old ruined weir|
|The view from the backyard|
|A sailboat posed prettily for me as I was shooting...|
|The Hubbard "Cottage" next door|
|The view out the large oval window in the Hubbard cottage. You can actually host conferences and meetings and stay here...|
|It was sunny but cool and I was glad I bought a warm sweater to throw on..|
The cottage has been lovingly maintained by the American and Canadian governments, who jointly run the International Park together. Many people are surprised to see the Canadians champion the Roosevelts to the degree that they do, but on the Island, they were considered family.
Revisiting the cottage in advance of the upcoming PBS series was a treat and will make the watching of it that much more special to us.
Campobello is very accessible on the eastern seabord - only 4 hours from Boston (at most) and no need to take a boat, though I highly recommend taking the ferry from Campbello to Deer Island to Near St. Andrews. You are sure to see all manner of birds and beast and often a whale or two.
If you want more information, by all means go here.
It was a lovely visit on a lovely day.
Someone come visit quick, so I can take you down!
Have a great day and stay safe out there! xoxo wendy