Take walk back in history! Theodore Roosevelt's Birthplace House in Manhattan is a National Historic Site. Roosevelt, the 26th U.S. President, lived in it from his birth on October 27, 1858 until he was 14 years old.
As a child Roosevelt was sickly and asthmatic, but also hyperactive and often mischievous. To compensate for his ill health and encouraged by his father, Roosevelt exercised, lifting weights and boxing. At the age of seven, he began a lifelong interest in zoology after seeing a dead seal at a local market.
The national historic site is actually a reconstruction of Roosevelt's original home featuring five fully furnished period rooms giving us a glimpse of what life was like for a wealthy New York family in the 1860s. Although it was demolished in 1916, just before Roosevelt died in 1919, the land was bought by the Women's Roosevelt Memorial Association. The house was then rebuilt and furnished by his wife and sisters based on their memories of it. About one half of the objects and furnishings are from the original Roosevelt family residence, and the remainder are of the period.
Entrance to the house is free, since it is run by National Park Service rangers. We'll gather in front of the museum at 11:15, and then go for our 11:30 tour guided by a Park Ranger. After the tour, about 40 minutes later, let's watch a 25-minute film on the early life of Theodore Roosevelt
Afterwards, we'll go to The Old Town Bar, at 45 East 18th Street. Reviewers say it has delicious food and it was featured in Esquire Magazine's Best Bars in America piece. To see the menu and pictures of the restaurant, go to