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Roosevelt Campobello International Park
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Owner description: Walk in the footsteps of the Roosevelts, visit Franklin's Beloved Island. The Summer Home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. His 34-room cottage has been preserved as a museum telling the story of his early life before he became President of the United States. Preserved by the U.S. and Canada. Open daily through Canadian Labor Day. Free admission.
Reviewed October 13, 2013

We very much enjoyed touring the Roosevelt home and the warm international feeling between well-trained Canadian docents and this important piece of 20th-Century American history. The coastal scenery is spectacular, and the whole experience of visiting Canada just across the U.S. border was wonderful.

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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Lots is written about the house and history, but if you're a nature buff, this is also a wonderful park. We drove down Glenserven Road, across from the main entrance. It's a windy dirt road bordered by grey birch, lovely and peaceful. At the end is Liberty Point, which looks across to West Quoddy Lighthouse. In the channel seals were squabbling as they looked to claim spots on the ledge against the incoming tide. In the eddy lines harbor porpoises cavorted seeking fish. Eiders, gulls, cormorants, guillemots all swam about. Just amazing sightings, my spouse even spotted a whale in the distance. Raccoon Beach, Herring Cove, in each location seals were spotted. There was one other car parked at Liberty Point, but we were on our own elsewhere. Don't overlook this side.

4  Thank mainetaxmaven
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

Informative and interesting without too much stuff... just the job! Almost worth the journey up the main coast to visit.

Thank 48Fred48
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

We loved this attraction. The Visitor Centre had two exhibits, one on the Roosevelts, and one on the friendly relationship between Canada and the U.S. Both were well done. There is also a short, introductory film that can be viewed in the Visitor Centre. The main attraction is the Roosevelt's summer cottage. It was a self-guided tour on the day we attended, but there were docents stationed throughout the house to provide background. The park includes several miles of walking trails and gravel roads that you can drive to scenic lookouts. There are gardens, several picnic areas, and the Mulholland Point Lighthouse where you can view the harbor seals. We attended the free "Tea with Eleanor" which the park does twice daily at no cost. They serve tea and cookies and provide much in-depth information about Eleanor. The tea lasts about an hr. You will come away with a new appreciation of both FDR and Eleanor, as well as Campobello Island in its heyday as a summer resort for the wealthy.

2  Thank pasbuffalo
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

The Roosevelts starting summering on the island of Campobello (located in New Brunswick, Canada) in 1883. In 1885 the Roosevelts (James and Sara -Franklin's parents) built their "cottage". The Roosevelt's next door neighbor on Campobello stated in her will that Sara Roosevelt could purchase her cottage for $5000 (including contents) on the condition that she give the cottage to Franklin and Eleanor. This occured in 1909. So this became Franklin and Eleanor's summer home and it was here that, in 1921, at the age of 39, Franklin Roosevelt fell ill with polio. Eleanor and the children continued to visit from time to time in the 1920's, but Franklin did not return again until 1933. The cottage remained with the family until 1952 when Elliott Roosevelt (Franklin and Eleanor's son) sold it to industrialist Armand Hammer and his brothers; however, they allowed Eleanor to visit whenever she wished - which she did from time to time. Eleanor last visited in 1962, three months before her death. In 1964, the U.S. Congress and Canadian Parliament passed legislation to establish - as a joint effort - the site as an international park. The Hammer brothers donated the cottage and land.

There is no charge to tour the house and grounds, which are immaculately kept. The contents of the house are original to the Roosevelts, except for five pieces. You may also have "tea with Eleanor", which is tea and cookies served at the Hubbard House (another house on the island) accompanied by a talk about Eleanor's life on the island. There is no charge, but a ticket is required because seating is limited.

Added bonuses are two lighthouses. One is the Mulholland Lighthouse located on the shore of the Canadian side as you cross the FDR Memorial Bridge into Campobello. The other is located about 8 miles from the Roosevelt site and is called the East Quoddy Lighthouse - the most photographed lighthouse in the world (maps and directions available at the Roosevelt visitor center).

Campobello is recommended to history lovers and nature lovers alike. Just don't forget your passport! This is an easy day trip from Bar Harbor, Maine - which is what we did. We left Bar Harbor at 7:30a and were back by 4:30p after having made many stops along the way for photography.

Tip: If you want to actually go on the island where East Quoddy Lighthouse is located, you must go at LOW TIDE (which means getting there in the morning. Otherwise, you will have to photograph from points on the bluff ajacent to the lighthouse (which is what we did).

3  Thank GB4469
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