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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Campobello–New Brunswick–Canada and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Little Summer Cottage

Events of July 20, 21, and 22

 

Besides Lubec Maine being the Easternmost town in the United States,

Canada, United States, International Bridge

it’s also where you can drive the International Bridge to Campobello Island

Visitor Center

in New Brunswick, Canada. . .

Postcard view of the front of the Roosevelt Cottage - 36 rooms

home of Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt’s
small little summer cottage
. . .only 34 rooms. . .

 

it really was not at all an ostentatious mansion like many of the other

“summer cottages” we have toured in our travels. . .

actually a very modest home. . .the square footage was much, much

less than what the “34 room cottage” would lead you to believe.

Playroom

the children’s play room. . .there was much discussion about the glue bottle. . .

we all remembered using that stuff in school. . .and when I was in school,

it was still a glass bottle, and you had to press down really hard to get the glue to spread. . .

loved the old telescope and the Scrabble game on the table

Scrabble, dominos and a telescope set up in the corner of the parlor. . .

view from sitting room - Passamaquoddy Bay

and this glorious view overlooking Passamaquoddy Bay. . .fabulous!

Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt would use the megaphone to call her children, and, or her guests to dinner. . .as told by the docent

according to the docent. . .Mrs Roosevelt used this megaphone

to summons her five children and, or her guests from their outdoor activities.

 

The docents, placed strategically though the cottage made the tour very enjoyable. . .

they simply explained what you were looking at, and then you were free to move on,

or, if so inclined, you could ask further questions and actually have a discussion. . .

in other words, it wasn’t one of those long drawn out speeches,

where your eyes are rolling back in your head, and you’re wondering. . .

am I ever going to escape. . .it was a very, very pleasant way to do a tour. . .

we enjoyed it very much, and highly recommend it. . .

old bicycles and a chair to transport President Roosevelt after he developed polio. . .old bicycles and a chair to transport President Roosevelt after he developed polio. . .

on the back porch of the cottage were these old bicycles, and this chair designed to bring

Mr Roosevelt from the dock up to the house, after he was diagnosed with polio.

Birch Canoe located on back porch. . . notice stitching down the side. . .

the family were all athletic and enjoyed outdoor activities. . .

I loved the stitching down the side of the canoe. . .

looking up at the back of the house from Passamaquoddy Bay. . .it was located a good ways from the water. . .

leaving the house, we made our way down to the dock. . .

looking up at the back of the house from Passamaquoddy Bay. . .it was located a good ways from the water. . .

which was quite a distance from the house. . .

Eastport ME as viewed from Campobello Island Canada, Easternmost City in the USA

all summer residents of the island would take a train to Eastport Maine. . .

and then travel by boat to the island. . .

FDR - Franklin Delano Roosevelt - Plaque on Visitor Center

before you do the house tour. . .stop by the Campobello FDR Visitor Center. . .

get a map. . .and see the movie about the Roosevelt’s time on the island. . .

it will make it all come alive for you, and is well worth the time spent. . .

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the neighboring “cottage” to the Roosevelt’s was even a bit more glamorous.

. .view of Passamaquoddy Bay

it is now used as a conference center. . .you can certainly see why. . .just beautiful!

and if you are so inclined. . .this is where you can have. . .

“Tea with Eleanor”

(free tickets are given out at the visitor center)

 

Head Harbour Lighthouse - can only be reached at low tide - we hiked all the way out to the lighthouse

we also drove out to see the Head Harbor (East Quoddy) Light Station. . .

you can only hike out to it at low tide ($5 pp fee)

using some rickety, kinda rusty stairs,

and climbing over some slippery, slimy rocks.

 

I had pics of all of it. . .even the eagles we saw on the hike back. . .

but somehow I deleted them out of my camera. . .

I’m just sick about it. . .but, what’cha gonna do?

 

so the above pic of the lighthouse from the first sandbar is the only one I salvaged. . .

I’m just thankful for that one. . .or I would’a had to be “borrowing” one off the internet. . . Smile

Finback Whale

some ladies standing at the top of the stairs swore these were whales. . .

I don’t know. . .I’m not quite convince. . .but hey. . .okay. . .

we saw whales while we were in Canada. . .yaaaa!

Harbor Seals

we did drive out to Liberty Point where we absolutely did see harbor seals. . .

my zoom wasn’t strong enough to get pics of them in the water. . .

but they were very visible up on the rocks. . .

Lighthouse, West Quoddy Head Light as viewed from Campobello Island

and also from Liberty Point. . .this beautiful view of the West Quoddy Lighthouse. . .

which is located in Lubec. . .

West Quoddy Head Light, Quoddy Head State Park, Lubec ME, Lighthouses, Maine

and which we had visited up close and personal earlier in the week

at West Quoddy State Park in Lubec. . .so beautiful. . .

Maine, Lubec ME, West Quoddy Head Light, Lighthouses, Quoddy Head State Park,

you gotta love the stories. . .

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we hiked down to the beach for a different view. . .

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this was the beach. . .I tell you what. . .my grandson Jordan and I could have used a few

of these awesome rocks back in the day when he and I used to do painted rock sculptures. . .

Maine, Lubec ME, West Quoddy Head Light, Lighthouses, Quoddy Head State Park, Scenery (5)

one more beautiful view from the beach. . .

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and one last hike above the West Quoddy Lighthouse. . .

it was almost a rain forest type atmosphere. . .with all this peet moss underfoot. . .

I wish I could explain how great it was to walk on. . .

almost like one of the cushy gel mats you put in front of the kitchen sink. . .

such a beautiful place. . .we loved it all. . .

 

Sorry this has been such a long, long post. . .I just wanted to get it ALL in. . .LOL,

 

‘til next time,

Janice and Dave

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