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A Look at Campobello


Lubec to CampobelloAcross the bridge from Lubec, Maine, and barely in Canada is the much visited Campobello Island.  The attractions you ask.  Well, there are not many.

Quoddy HeadOne is the West Quoddy Head Light  accessible only at low tide when you can walk across the rocks to it.

14-150x150There are whales to watch especially this time of year when they are breeding.  They were there, but all I saw were their blows.

CampobelloThe main attraction, however, is Campobello,

the summer cottage of Franklin Roosevelt.

The site is now an international park established during the Johnson years and maintained beautifully by both Canada and the United States.

The cottage is a lovely place with views to Passamaquoddy Bay and open spaces to be explored.

dining roomInside, the house is simple but comfortable

game roomwith spacious areas for a large family.

 

There are 18 bedrooms  that accommodated the Roosevelt family and their entourage.

masterIt was in this master bedroom that FDR one morning awoke in great pain and immobile, unexpectedly stricken by polio.  He lay here for five weeks before being transported  by boat to Eastport, Maine, and then by train to New York.  As the story is told, this was one of his last visits to his beloved Campobello, an island where he had spent time since he was one.

 

Inside one is transported to another era, but the cottage is so well presented it seems as though someone could be living there today.

Visiting Campobello is a real treat in that it gives one a glimpse of a family’s enjoyment of place as well as into our country’s history.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

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2 thoughts on “A Look at Campobello

  1. I found it fascinating to know FDR learned to sail in the Bay of Fundy with its 37 foot tides and incredible fogs and rocks — and he did this as a child!

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