We arrived at Pleasant Hill Campground in Hermon ME 6 miles east of Bangor on the 7th for 7 nights. It is a nice campground with full hookups,long grassy sites, good laundry and pleasant staff. Weather not so good with rain. This may be with us most of stay.
Cloudy today and no rain so decided to drive the 130 miles to Campobello Island to tour the Roosevelt summer cottage. The island is part of New Brunswick CA and the cottage is managed by Canada and USA. Access from Lubec is over the FDR bridge. The cottage is the main attraction on the island. www.fdr.net
|Mulholland Lighthouse Campobello|
It was built in 1897 for Mrs. Hartman Kuhn of Boston who was very fond of Eleanor. When she died, a provision in her will offered the cottage to Sara Roosevelt for $5,000 who in turn left it to Franklin and Eleanor. They spent their summers here from 1909-1921. The interior was comfortable, but had no electricity or telephone. Aladdin lamps and candles were used, running water was gravity fed from storage tanks on the 3rd floor and seven fireplaces provided heat.
|Rear of Cottage|
When the Roosevelt's were in residence, they brought along a nurse and governess to tutor the children and servants to run the cottage. In 1915 an addition was added to accommodate their growing family. Eighteen of the 34 rooms are bedrooms and six bathrooms. Most furnishings are original Roosevelt items.
It was here in 1921 at the age of 39 that it is believed he contracted polio.
Eleanor and the five children continued to visit;however, Franklin only returned 3 times for visits in 1933,1936 and 1939.
For a complete history of the Roosevelt's and children go to wikipedia.