Located on 20th Street and near Broadway, the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace Birthplace National Historic Site is the house where the 26th President of the US, was born in 1858. Also known as Teddy or TR, he lived in this house until 1872, when the family moved to another location in Manhattan.
This current building is not the original building, which was demolished and converted into retail space. It would not get rebuilt until after Roosevelt's death, and restored with help from the next door house as a model, as well as a lot of help from Theodore's sisters and widow, Edith.
The house can only be seen on a guided tour, which are offered hourly on the days that it is opened. With the exception of 12 noon, when there are no guided tours. The tour is relatively short, with period furniture in each room. But it was made a lot more interesting, because of the guide giving the tour. Very knowledgeable and really seemed to be engaged into it, not only about the family that lived there, but also the history of the house itself. They would tell the history better than I could in this review.
There is also a museum part, which is really small. Just a collection of photos and a few artifacts, that give a quick overview on the life of Theodore Roosevelt. It is okay, and worth looking at, while waiting for the next guided tour.
This place is definitely worth checking out, if you are a history buff. And if you are a fan of Roosevelt, then this is a must-visit. While the museum part is nothing to write home about, the house tour makes it worth visiting this place, to see the birthplace of an individual, who would grow up to change the Presidency.
Admission is free! Check ahead of time, for tour times.
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