To this day, Theodore Roosevelt remains the only U.S. President to be born in New York City. And like all good New Yorkers, he took his summers on Long Island. Specifically, an estate in Oyster Bay called Sagamore Hill, which just reopened to the public over the weekend after a $10 million renovation.
Curbed reports that the home features more than 12,000 original objects (including, of course, 36 pieces of taxidermy; it wouldn’t be Teddy’s home without 10-foot long elephant tusks!). The renovation focused on returning the home to its former glory, and restorers were careful to keep the house looking and feeling the way it did when the former president lived there.
Hundreds showed up to the reopening day on Saturday, including five members of the Roosevelt family. “It looks much nicer than I remember,” Tweed Roosevelt told Newsday, “It’s pristine but not so much so that it doesn’t look lived in.”