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Sunday, June 24, 2012

And yet another rainy Day

It’s kind of hard to take, but there’s nothing to do about it: We had another rainy day. So the best we could do was going to the Roosevelt Cottage and “having Tea with Eleanor” as they call the daily tea session the Roosevelt Park has DSC_0030created. Even though I have seen the cottage and been at the tea several times it is always a nice way to spend a few hours, and maybe especially on a rainy day.

Eleanor Roosevelt was a truly amazing woman and far ahead of her time when it came to initiate social reforms, something which wasn’t always well received by the establishment.

roosevelt park The cottages themselves are true treasures in workmanship and outstanding materials used.
The Roosevelt cottage had always running water which came from an indoor cistern, but it was not equipped with a telephone.  Whenever there was a call to either the U.S. President or the First Lady, (the only phone on the island was installed at the General Store in Welshpool) someone from the store had to bicycle or run to the Roosevelt Cottage a mile away to get one of them come over to the store. Eleanor Roosevelt, who was the one spending most time on Campobello, had to bicycle herself to the store to make the phone call.
But Eleanor did not think of that as a big problem. She was very well known and respected between the islanders.

Eleanor was born in 1884 and died in 1962, the year the Roosevelt Campobello Memorial Bridge was built.

A visit to the park, which is an associated part of the U.S. National Park system, is free of charge and attracts thousands of visitors every year. It is also the only International Park in the world which is owned, financed, administered, and staffed by the people of two countries.

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Miraculously, the rain stopped in the late afternoon and the sky cleared. Having been confined to the house for too long we all got in the car and drove to the beach at the Roosevelt Park. We had a great walk with beach combing, finding more those famous round rocks which already had intrigued the Roosevelt children in their days.

Our day was coming to a delicious end when our guests made a wonderful tomato soup, which we enjoyed with cooked rice and garlic bread.

 

Thanks for stopping by again!


4 comments:

  1. Very interesting. I agree that she was ahead of her time. She was a very strong woman. Didn't know the Roosevelts spent time on the island. It makes for an interesting twist to the history of the island.

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  2. Your story of the phone calls was very interesting. Can't imagine that happening in this day and age.

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  3. Sometimes it's nice not having to listen to the phone ring. Goes without saying the Roosevelts could have had a line brought to their place if they had wanted it, but chose not to. Smart thinking.
    Makes for a better time away from it all.

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  4. very interesting....she was definitely ahead of her time..and maybe biking over to the store to make a call was her 'break' for the day...she certainly could have afforded to have a phone..but chose not to..for some reason...

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