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Theodore Roosevelt Island

Theodore Roosevelt Island Miles of trails through wooded uplands and swampy bottomlands honor the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, America’s 26th president. The island is a fitting memorial to a great outdoorsman and conservationist.

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Thursday with Theodore quote. “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get alon...
02/25/2022

Thursday with Theodore quote.

“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people."

How do you practice the art of getting along with others?

Exploring Fort Marcy with Civil War Reenactors (free)Saturday, February 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon https://www.nps.go...
02/24/2022
Fort Marcy - George Washington Memorial Parkway (U.S. National Park Service)

Exploring Fort Marcy with Civil War Reenactors (free)
Saturday, February 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
https://www.nps.gov/gwmp/planyourvisit/fortmarcy.htm
Please gather at the Fort Marcy parking lot at 9:45 am, tour at 10 am. Please note that there are no public bathrooms at the site. The degree of difficulty of the tour is moderate, some steep climbs and underbrush. For more information please contact George Washington Memorial Headquarters at 703-289-2500.

Are you interested in Civil War history and the Civil War defenses of Washington? If so, join the Alliance to Preserve the Civil Defenses of Washington and the National Park Service at Fort Marcy in Arlington, Virginia for a tour and presentations about the history of the fort. Located off the west-bound lane of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Fort Marcy was one of over 22 Civil War forts built in Arlington to defend Washington. https://www.nps.gov/places/fort-marcy.htm
The fort was built to protect Chain Bridge and Leesburg Pike. The earth and log fort was completed in the fall of 1862. Today, much of the original fort is still standing and visitors can also see rifle trenches that supported the defenses. The tour will be led by Civil War reenactors who will provide an overview of the Defenses of Washington, the soldiers that built the fort, and military activity in the northern Virginia area. In addition, in honor of Black History Month, reenactors will discuss the role of United States Colored Troops after the war, and the decommissioning of the Defenses of Washington.
https://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/civil_war_series/2/sec11.htm

Fort Marcy and its counterpart, Fort Ethan Allen, were hastily planned and built to protect the Chain Bridge approach to Washington, DC during the Civil War. Its earthwork walls, trenches, rifle pits, and parade ground are among the best preserved defenses from that era. Today it is part of a wildli...

2/22/22, In honor of George Washington's 290th Birthday, we invite you to view the recorded presentation "A Fitting Trib...
02/22/2022
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2/22/22, In honor of George Washington's 290th Birthday, we invite you to view the recorded presentation "A Fitting Tribute: Remembrances of the First President along the George Washington Memorial Parkway"
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Presented by GWMP Visual Information Specialist, Mark Maloy, for the DOI Library Park Ranger Speaker Series, this program explores the history of the roadway created to honor our nation's first president. The presentation will also look at other memorials in Washington managed by the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

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During 1863, Theodore Roosevelt Island was the location of Camp Greene, used by the First Regiment of United States Colo...
02/17/2022

During 1863, Theodore Roosevelt Island was the location of Camp Greene, used by the First Regiment of United States Colored Troops between May to September 1863. The soldiers that were drilled and trained on this land, the island now named for Theodore Roosevelt, set examples and paved the way for later generations of African American men to serve with the U.S. Military.

In 1898, Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders found themselves charging San Juan hill in Cuba during the Spanish American War. The success of that action was made possible, and the Rough Riders, aided by numerous African American soldiers.

We encourage you to learn more:
https://www.nps.gov/prsf/learn/historyculture/buffalo-soldiers-and-the-spanish-american-war.htm

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What are your favorite books that you like to read? Our Throwback Thursday Theodore Roosevelt quote reflects his passion...
02/10/2022

What are your favorite books that you like to read? Our Throwback Thursday Theodore Roosevelt quote reflects his passionate affair with reading. "I am a part of everything that I have read." It was noted that Theodore would read a book a day, as well as several books simultaneously. His main interest dealt with books about exploration, adventure and the classics. #ThrowbackThursday #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

02/01/2022

The 2022 theme for Black History Month, Black Health and Wellness, considers activities, rituals, and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well throughout American history and in our time, especially through self-determination, mutual aid, and social support initiatives. This month, we’ll explore this history and ways that parks and public lands can play an important role in physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Begin your journey through February with 28 Days of Black History.
https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/28-days-of-black-history.htm

This weeks Thursday with Theodore quote is, "Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage." How do you practice ...
01/27/2022

This weeks Thursday with Theodore quote is, "Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage." How do you practice the art of courtesy to those at home, work or play? Caption: Theodore Roosevelt standing in a car outside of a building with people standing nearby. Image: Library of Congress 1906 #Findyoourpark #EncuentraTuParque

01/18/2022

Safety Message for Theodore Roosevelt Island. Please note that there is still ice and snow on all trails and footpaths. Exercise extreme caution when visiting the park. Please make sure that you are wearing proper outerwear and footwear at all times. #FndYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

DO you live a "strenuous life" like Theodore Roosevelt advocated in 1899? It was in that year, that he gave a speech cal...
01/13/2022

DO you live a "strenuous life" like Theodore Roosevelt advocated in 1899? It was in that year, that he gave a speech called "The Strenuous Life". In this speech Theodore extolls the virtues of a "life of toil and effort, of labor and strife", "and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph." His words can be an inspiration today, especially in winter, when we seek the outdoors for challenges in order to remain fit. Theodore Roosevelt Island offers several ways to enjoy the great outdoors in an urban environment. Hiking trials crisscross the island, allowing one to enjoy a view of the river, or the solitude of being surrounded by various plants and trees. There is much to see and enjoy on the island. Please make sure that you have proper outerwear and footwear on at all times. Beware of ice and snow on trails during the winter. Image: Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir at Glacier Point, Yosemite, 1903. #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

How do we connect with the legacy of those from the past? Do you explore a historic site or natural resource in order to...
01/08/2022

How do we connect with the legacy of those from the past? Do you explore a historic site or natural resource in order to do so? This past week marks the 103rd anniversary of the death of Theodore Roosevelt (January 6th, 1919). His legacy still lives on as we remember and reflect on his various contributions to the nation. Since Theodore enjoyed the great outdoors, have you ever explored Theodore Roosevelt Island? There are numerous trails to hike and explore, and the National memorial (17 foot statue) to Theodore Roosevelt. Please make sure to wear proper foot and outwear when visiting the site. Beware of ice and snow paths and trails. #EncuentraTuParque #FindYourPark

Image: The White House Historical Association Painting by John Singer Sargent 1903

Making your New Year resolutions?  Looking for a place to get outdoors?  You can utilize our trails at Theodore Roosevel...
12/30/2021
Maps - Theodore Roosevelt Island (U.S. National Park Service)

Making your New Year resolutions? Looking for a place to get outdoors? You can utilize our trails at Theodore Roosevelt Island to #RecreateResponsibly. Keeping our parks clean can help keep visitors like you coming back to enjoy them and support your own physical and mental health. We have three main trails, ranging in length from 1.5 miles to .75 miles. Each trail explores a different type of landscape, created when the island was turned into a memorial. Spending time outdoors can keep you active, decrease stress, and improve concentration. Get out into the great outdoors, and show us using #HealthyParksHealthyPeople.
check out information about the trails at:
https://www.nps.gov/this/planyourvisit/trails.htm
and view the island trail map at:
https://www.nps.gov/this/planyourvisit/maps.htm

Over thousands of years, the Potomac River wound its way through layers of rock. Carving limestone cliffs, roaring falls, and serene winding bends, these waters created a landscape and shaped a nation. Today, the Potomac River corridor is rich in both history and recreation. Offering a chance to bot...

December 25, 1821 - December 25, 2021 Happy 200th Birthday Clara Barton!! Best known as the Angel of the Battlefield fro...
12/25/2021
Clara Barton 200th Birthday - Clara Barton National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)

December 25, 1821 - December 25, 2021 Happy 200th Birthday Clara Barton!! Best known as the Angel of the Battlefield from her Civil War accomplishments, Clara Barton learned about the International Red Cross during her humantiarian work in the Franco-Prussian War. She went on to found the American Red Cross, expand the mission of work to include peacetime and natural disaster relief, and was in Cuba for the American organization's first wartime relief, her third, the Spanish-American War, where she personally met with Theodore Roosevelt and arranged for American Red Cross aid for the relief of the Rough Riders.

Join us, won't you, as we honor her legacy, on this, the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Clara Barton, learn more:
https://www.nps.gov/clba/learn/historyculture/clara-barton-200th-birthday.htm

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Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo, Maryland is commemorating the 200th birthday of Clara Barton (December 25, 2021), the founder of the American Red Cross and heroine of the Civil War. As part of the virtual commemoration, we will feature a series of video messages on this page from p...

Thursday with Theodore during the month of December. On December 2nd, 1886, Theodore Roosevelt secretly marries his chil...
12/16/2021

Thursday with Theodore during the month of December.

On December 2nd, 1886, Theodore Roosevelt secretly marries his childhood sweetheart, Edith Kermit Carow, in London. Edit was his second wife following his first marriage Alice Hathaway Lee, who died two days after giving birth to their only child from Bright's Disease. Edith and Theodore would go on to be married for the next 33 years until Roosevelt's death in 1919. Images: public domain

This week we honor all veterans on November 11th. Did you know that both Theodore Roosevelt and all four sons (Theodore ...
11/10/2021

This week we honor all veterans on November 11th. Did you know that both Theodore Roosevelt and all four sons (Theodore III, Kermit, Archibald and Quentin) served in the military? Theodore served during the Spanish American War, while his sons served in World War 1 and World War 2. His youngest son Quentin died while flying a combat mission in 1918. Let us continue to remember all those who have served the nation in times of war and peace. #findyourpark#EncuentraTuParque Images: public domain.

Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27th, 1858. Today we remember him with a quote. "Believe you can, and you are hal...
10/27/2021

Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27th, 1858. Today we remember him with a quote.

"Believe you can, and you are half way there."

Theodore Roosevelt

Public Domain Image: John Singer Sargent, oil on canvas, 1903
Source: The White House Historical Association

Regardless of the time of year, Theodore Roosevelt Island is open for enjoying and exploring. Fall is a wonderful time o...
10/16/2021

Regardless of the time of year, Theodore Roosevelt Island is open for enjoying and exploring. Fall is a wonderful time of the year to discover all the various wonders of the island. Do you have a particular time of the year that you enjoy the most at Theodore Roosevelt Island? #findyourpark #EncuentraTuParque

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Meet our pet of the month, Penny! 🐶 Penny is a year and a half old lab mix! She loves to make new friends, both people and dogs. Her favorite activities include going for walks and hikes, chasing squirrels and frogs, playing fetch (but often tricking her dad into being the retriever), and begging for back and belly rubs. Like her dad, Penny prefers the heat of summertime, so she is currently waiting for the warmer temperatures to start roll in. ☀️🐾🐾 -Photo was taken on a hike in Theodore Roosevelt Island
Thanksgiving Day in D.C. had a bit of a Teddy Roosevelt theme to it. We started the morning off with a wonderful little hike here on Theodore Roosevelt Island, and then had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner at Teddy & The Bully Bar.
From this mornings hike on an Island my family once owned!
He was our neighbor!
“Conservative friends tell me that woman’s duty is in the home. Certainly. So is the man’s. The duty of the woman to the home isn’t any more than the man’s. If any married man doesn’t know that the woman pulls a little more than her share in the home then he needs education.” -Theodore Roosevelt, May 2, 1913 #19thAmendment #bullmoose #TheodoreRoosevelt One hundred and eight years ago today, former President Theodore Roosevelt gave his first suffrage speech at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House. Not only were all seats and boxes sold out, but the isles were packed with standing spectators. Still enormously popular despite a failed attempt to reclaim the presidency, Roosevelt had originally backed woman’s suffrage a year earlier during his bid for a third presidential term. As the head of the Progressive “Bull Moose” Party, Roosevelt ultimately split the vote of his former republican party. Ironically, his campaign ensured the election of his democratic opponent Woodrow Wilson, who would take over half a decade more to start advocating for suffrage on the federal level. Introduced by Reverend Anna Howard Shaw, President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, Roosevelt’s speech was the kickoff to the next day's suffrage parade. Upon his introduction, the sold-out audience gave Roosevelt a two-minute standing ovation. What followed was a rousing hour-long speech where he refuted many of the common rejections of women’s suffrage and gave positive reasons for his support of the cause. Noting how much progress had been made towards women’s rights since the Seneca Falls convention, Roosevelt stated that at the time many “worthy people” “insisted that the foundation of the family would have been ruined if it didn’t rest on the masterful headship of the man.” Contrasting that belief he went on to say that “we have advanced to a far better ideal, the ideal of equal partnership between man and woman.” Elaborating on this idea, Roosevelt discussed the effect of women’s votes “in every state where suffrage has been tried, there has been, as far as I know, no single instance where it has produced damage. And there has been case after case where it has worked for universal betterment of social and civic conditions.” Roosevelt’s speech served as the kickoff to a massive suffrage parade that work occur the following day, and seven years later women would finally win a constitutional amendment securing the right to vote. Over 100 years later, how do you think women’s voting rights have changed society? Do you think Roosevelt was right that it would work for the “universal betterment of social and civic conditions?” To Learn More about Theodore Roosevelt check out: Theodore Roosevelt Island: https://www.nps.gov/this/planyourvisit/index.htm
Tomorrow is #FriendshipFriday! In celebration of #NationalParkWeek, we teamed up with Sagamore Hill National Historic Site to bring to you two famous places in New York related to #TheodoreRoosevelt! Have you ever visited either/both sites? What was something memorable you took away from your visit? Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site Theodore Roosevelt National Park Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center Theodore Roosevelt Island Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Theodore Roosevelt Island is open today from 6 am to 10 pm. Please note that several trails and paths still have ice and snow on them. Be careful when crossing the footbridge to the island. Do wear appropriate outerwear and footwear. Enjoy the day!
Just a few hundred yards west of the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capitol, Theodore Roosevelt Island is an arboreal treasure honoring the president and preservationist. What had been farmland was transformed during the 1930s into a tree-blanketed with miles of trails, wooded uplands, and swamps along the Potomac River. #NPSUnitOfTheDay https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/0cfaabe5-5c04-4d5f-a942-835f89f528b3
In 1776, thirteen British colonies declared their independence. Within the preamble of the Declaration of Independence, the authors wrote of their belief that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Charles Carroll of Carrollton who signed the document by 1790 kept some 316 people in bo***ge. In 1860 the Carroll family had not extended liberty and the pursuit of happiness to those they still claimed ownership over. Charles Carroll V, grandson of the signer, held 155 people in bo***ge in Howard County, Maryland. John Conner, Henry Hart, and John Joyce were three of them. When Confederate troops fired upon Fort Sumter inaugurating the Civil War, John Conner and Henry Hart were both 16 and John Joyce was 21. How could these young people be transformed despite being born in a legal and social system that denied them the lives they wanted, the liberty they craved, and to have their own happiness? They knew how. They fled the plantation and sought refuge at Mason’s Island (now Theodore Roosevelt Island), Virginia. From the moment these men ran from the Carroll plantation, they were actors in their own revolution since the grandfather of their former owner had failed to eradicate slavery. At Mason’s Island, they enlisted on June 14, 1863 in the 1st United States Colored Infantry. Though Joyce retained his name at enlistment, Conner enlisted under the fake name Robert Sidderman and Henry Hart changed his name to Henry Stoneman. As John Joyce later testified fear led his friends to change their names. He says Conner told him he did it because “if captured his master would get him + probably kill him.” One year and a day later, the 1st US Colored Infantry attacked the Confederate lines at Petersburg. These three soldiers were involved in capturing several Confederate positions on the evening of June 15, 1864. Image: Wooded ravine with creek which the 1st and 22nd United States Colored Infantry regiments charged through to get up the hill on the left to captured Confederate Battery 8.
🇺🇲Americation Destinations Happy Hour Spotlight🍺 🚲Outdoors: Washington, D.C. From hiking and running trails to zoos and history, there are so many things to do outdoors in the nation’s capital! Our 4 favorites are listed below 👇 Rock Creek Park: DC’s ultimate outdoor mecca, a 4.4-square-mile expanse that includes numerous trails for hiking, biking and exploring. There’s more to like about the park, too, like a nature center, picnic areas, riding stables, tennis courts and Peirce Mill, an historical site. National Mall and Memorial Parks: America’s most-visited national park, where the past, present and future come together. The monuments and memorials in this park honor American forefathers and heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to this country. From the “I Have a Dream” speech to the AIDS Quilt, the Mall is the national stage where movements and celebrations take place, where people gather to have their voices heard. Theodore Roosevelt Island: In the 1930s, landscape architects transformed Mason’s Island from neglected, overgrown farmland into Theodore Roosevelt Island, a memorial to America’s 26th president. They conceived a “real forest” designed to mimic the natural forest that once covered the island. Today miles of trails through wooded uplands and swampy bottomlands honor the legacy of a great outdoorsman and conservationist. Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute: Always free of charge and open 364 days a year, the Zoo is one of Washington D.C.’s, and the Smithsonian’s, most popular tourist destinations. The Zoo instills a lifelong commitment to conservation through engaging experiences with animals and the people working to save them. Founded in 1889, the Zoo is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. Today, the Zoo sits on 163 acres in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park and is home to 2,700 animals representing more than 390 species. Check back tomorrow as we share more of Washington DC! #MyDCcool #IGDC #ACreativeDC #WalkWithLocals #StreetMeetDC #SNAPDC #Buildings_of_DC #ExposedDC #DCFoodPorn #travel #travelagnecy #mytravelelf #planyourtrip #washingtondc #usa #usacapital #uscapital #nationalzoo #nationalmall #history #outdoors
Happy Park-A-Versary to Theodore Roosevelt Island. The park was founded on this date in 1932! 🥳 https://www.nps.gov/this/index.htm
Went for an early morning walk on the island yesterday (thank you so much for keeping it open!) and saw this bizarre mud mound in the marsh. Any ideas what could have made it?