Sunday, June 5, 2011

Campobello island

Today we crossed this bridge over Passamaquoddy Bay to Campobello Island in New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy.

This Canadian soil has become part of America’s heritage.  It is the home of Roosevelt Campobello International Park, created in 1964.

This “cottage”, built in 1897, and now known as the Franklin D. Roosevelt summer home, was purchased by Sara Roosevelt, FDR’s mother, in 1909.

FDR and his family spent summers here from 1909 to 1921, when he was diagnosed with polio at the age of 39.

Originally a schoolroom and play room, the room above became the reception room and office.

The wide living room windows look across the bay to Eastport, Maine.

                                        Most furnishings are original items.

The spacious kitchen has a large coal and wood-burning stove and a smaller kerosene stove.  There are also seven wood-burning fireplaces.

 Personal laundry was washed at the “cottage”.  Linens were sent out to be done.

                  The master bedroom.  Franklin Roosevelt Jr. was born in this room.

 Located on a small island off the tip of Campobello Island, the Head Harbour Lightstation is the oldest surviving lighthouse in New Brunswick and one of the oldest in Canada.

Also known as the East Quoddy Light, it was built in 1829 and  is still in use today.

                     It is colored with a distinctive St. George red cross daymark.

A short distance away, in Lubec, Maine, is the West Quoddy Head Light on the eastern-most point of land in the United States. 

First built in 1808, and remodeled in 1858 to its present red-and-white tower, it’s light still shines through it’s original Fresnel lens.

                    Here I am at the Easternmost point in the USA.

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