Back to Canada?!?!?

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2014

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Flag of Canada  , New Brunswick,
Saturday, August 4, 2012

We had one more place to visit before leaving Eastport, and it would require us to once again go into Canada!  Before we got here I had never heard of Campobello Island and it's link to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Every local we spoke to recommend - some of them very strongly -that we visit.  As luck would have it our visit would coincide with another spectacular sunny day, perfect for taking pictures.  

The island is located just off of Lubec, Maine, about 40 miles via road from where we are staying.  After getting through customs and a stop at the visitor center we headed for the FDR cottage - a term we are learning the wealthy use in a different way from us working stiffs!  We were surprised to learn that FDR spent most of his childhood summers here.  In fact, his family had a 'cottage' here from the time he was just one year old.  As an adult he would continue to visit here and would buy the cottage that you are now able to tour after he was married. 

He would continue to spend summers here with his wife and children.  It is here that he came down with polio and he had to be physically carried from the island.  As his career in politics picked up his opportunities to visit would diminish. Because of the polio he would also would spend more and more time in Warm Springs, Georgia taking in the waters.  His last visit here would be a short one in 1939. 

The island contains a few small villages along with some summer homes of the wealthy.  There is also a lighthouse - sister to the one at Quoddy Head.  This one is visible from the island but only accessible during low tide, something we are already planning on coming back for!
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Leah Vercellono on

Ann, it was the flowers and their immense size that floored me in Campobello. Found the history very interesting, especially after touring the Roosevelt "homestead" in upstate New York. I am enjoying your 'blog' immensly--"(my virtual triip as I sit here in Illinois)!! You really should stick around the maritime and experience Nova Scotia in the fall--colors are spectacular. My cousin lives in NW NS and there are a lot of artists there and the fall isn't crowded. Her husband designs and makes custom silver jewelry. I am trying to remember the "distillary" that we visited in EastPort (not liquor). I never smelled vinegar so strong in my life and the mill was down the day we were there as they were gone for parts, but we did poke around. The coast of Maine is one of mhy favorite places and LOVE that lobster. Best I ever had was on a fishing wharf where they unloaded the boat and cooked fresh lobster sandwiches--we ate right on the pier. And was the cheapest lobster I ever ate, too. Looking forward to your next post. Hugs, Leah

thesairs on

We had decided before coming this way that we were going to dedicate an entire spring/summer/fall to our visit to the Maritimes in a year or two...

The distillery you are remembering is still in Eastport, it's called Rayes Mustard Mill. They used to make a mustard sauce for all the canned sardines. When th sardine business went away Rayes had to 'restructure'. They now make about 25 kinds of mustard and are the last remaining stone ground mill in the country. We've got 4 jars of mustard from there in the coach!!

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