Homes of Past Presidents & Poets
Long Island’s history is rich and filled with tales of many famous Americans who have called our island home. You can explore the many landmarks that celebrate our heritage and storied past.
Sagamore Hill: Home of Theodore Roosevelt
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay is the place President Theodore Roosevelt called home from 1885 until his passing in 1919. President Roosevelt spent so much time in this beloved home that it claimed the nickname ‘Summer White House’. Explore the 80 acres of serene landscape 7 days a week from dusk until dawn. Visitors can take a guided tour of the 23-room mansion with exhibits and programs Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Walt Whitman, one of the nation’s greatest poets, was born in Long Island, in what is now the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center in Huntington. Dating back to 1819, the site houses original letters and manuscripts as well as other artifacts from Whitman. The home is open year round with exhibits and events for visitors to tour and learn more about the inspiration behind Whitman’s works that ultimately captured the spirit of the nineteenth century.
Eagle’s Nest Estate: Home of William Vanderbilt
Eagle’s Nest Estate in Centerport was once home to William Kissam Vanderbilt II and his family. The Spanish-Revival mansion sits atop a 43-acre hill overlooking the Long Island Sound and Northport Bay. The 24-room mansion and museum highlights the eras from the Jazz Age through the Second World War. Guided tours and exhibits take visitors through Vanderbilt’s life, oceanic expeditions, global travels and expansive ethnographic collection. Vanderbilt left the museum to the county in 1944 to continue educational and cultural programming. The property’s Planetarium with a 60-foot dome theater and rooftop observatory offers extensive year-round programming.
Additional Homes to Explore
Joseph Lloyd Manor House
15 Lloyd Harbor Road, Lloyd Harbor, NY 11743
Phone: (631) 692-4664
440 Montauk Highway, Great River, NY 11739
Phone: (631) 581-1002
677 Montauk Highway, Bay Shore, New York 11706
Phone: (631) 854-0939
336 Port Washington Boulevard, Port Washington, NY 11050
Phone: (516) 365-9074
William Floyd Estate
245 Park Drive, Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Phone: (631) 399-2030