A Thoroughly Modern House

A Thoroughly Modern House (HM1P5I)

Location: Oyster Bay, NY 11771 Nassau County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 53.134', W 73° 30.025'

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Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

The windmill to your left is a re-creation of two previous windmills Theodore Roosevelt had built. The first was constructed when the house was built. A second windmill, and a supplemental gas-powered pump, replaced that one in 1905. The mills pumped fresh water from a well, and sent the water to storage tanks and a hot water heater in the house.Despite its rural location, Sagamore Hill had the same amenities as most city houses. In addition to fresh water, gas lights and kerosene lamps illuminated the rooms. When the Roosevelts had the North Room added in 1905, they made sure the workers installed electrical wiring. However, it was 13 years before they could switch on a lightbulb, since electrical service didn't reach their neighborhood until 1918. The well was in use for a very long time, as municipal water wasn't available to Saramore Hill until the 1990s. "The other day . . . the windmill . . . was squeaking. I got an oil can and climbed up to oil it, neglecting to shut off the mill. Just as I got to the top, the wind veered. The paddle swung around and took off a slice of my scalp. I started to climb down, but I'm big and clumsy and it took quite a little while. By the time I got to the house my face and shoulders were drenched with blood. Inside the door I met Mrs. Roosevelt. 'Theodore,' she said, 'I wish you'd do your bleeding in the bathroom. You're spoiling every rug in the house.'"
- Theodore Roosevelt, 1913
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Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Sunday, November 8th, 2015 at 5:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 626337 N 4527136
Decimal Degrees40.88556667, -73.50041667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 53.134', W 73° 30.025'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 53' 8.04" N, 73° 30' 1.5" W
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Area Code(s)631, 516
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 272-284 Sagamore Hill Rd, Oyster Bay NY 11771, US
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